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palindrome Line breaks: pal¦in|drome
Pronunciation: /ˈpalɪndrəʊm/

Definition of palindrome in English:


A word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backwards as forwards, e.g. madam or nurses run.
Example sentences
  • The word is a palindrome, reading the same backwards and forwards - or, to put it more cynically, making little sense whichever way up you hold it.
  • I hope so, for I have such high hopes for this new year, one that reads the same backwards as forwards - a calendar palindrome.
  • Another good word game is to find a phrase that is a palindrome.


Pronunciation: /palɪnˈdrɒmɪk/
Example sentences
  • He had a real thing about palindromic dates, and even when he left, old pupils used to write to him on dates such as 9/9 / 99 claiming their Polos.
  • Lest we be accused of inducing panic, it's worth pointing out that the last perfect palindromic date was February 10 this year - 10/02 / 2001-when not a lot happened.
  • I think it's funny when we get palindromic dates, but we wont have another one till like 01.11. 10.
Example sentences
  • Laymen often assume that the palindromist chooses a topic and then suddenly an entire symmetrical phrase emerges from his subconscious, spontaneous and complete.
  • A palindromist in his own right, he had this to say about quality palindromes.


Early 17th century: from Greek palindromos 'running back again', from palin 'again' + drom- (from dramein 'to run').

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