Share this entry

palmistry Line breaks: palm|is¦try
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːmɪstri/

Definition of palmistry in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The art or practice of supposedly interpreting a person’s character or predicting their future by examining the palm of their hand.
Example sentences
  • During the reading my psychic used such ancient arts as numerology, astrology, palmistry, tarot cards and rune stones and even found hidden meaning in the color of my tie.
  • In palmistry, the reading of character and the divination of an individual's future are derived from the lines, marks, and patterns on the palms of the hands.
  • I thought that people believed in palmistry and other divination procedures because they could easily fit very general statements to their particular situation.
Synonyms

Origin

Late Middle English: from palm2 + -estry (of unknown origin), later altered to -istry, perhaps on the pattern of sophistry.

Definition of palmistry in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources