Definition of pangram in US English:



  • A sentence or verse that contains all the letters of the alphabet.

    • ‘This book, appropriately called ‘a novel in letters, ‘is set on the fictional island of Nollop, which is named after the man who invented the pangram ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.’’
    • ‘There are several perfect pangrams (ones that use just 26 letters), the best of which seems to be, ‘Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx.’’
    • ‘Which athlete features in a 33-letter pangram?’
    • ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ is a contemptible attempt at a pangram.’


Late 19th century: from pan- + -gram, after anagram.