palmistry
noun Etymology: Middle English pawmestry, probably from paume palm + maistrie mastery Date: 15th century the art or practice of reading a person's character or future from the lines on the palms

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  • Palmistry — Pal mis*try, n. [See {Palmister}.] 1. The art or practice of divining or telling fortunes, or of judging of character, by the lines and marks in the palm of the hand; chiromancy. Ascham. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. A dexterous use or trick of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • palmistry — (n.) divination from the palm of the hand, early 15c., from palme (see PALM (Cf. palm) (n.1)) + obscure second element, perhaps estre (as in M.E. webbestre weaver ) or rie (as in M.E. archerie archery ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • palmistry — ► NOUN ▪ the supposed interpretation of a person s character or prediction of their future by examining the hand. DERIVATIVES palmist noun …   English terms dictionary

  • palmistry — [päm′is trē] n. [altered (by assoc. with PALM2) < ME paumestrie, prob. contr. < paume,PALM2 + maistrie,MASTERY] the supposed telling of a person s character or fortune by interpreting the lines and marks on that person s palm palmist n …   English World dictionary

  • Palmistry — Chirology redirects here. For other uses, see Fingerspelling. The Fortune Teller, by Caravaggio (1594–95; Canvas; Louvre), depicting a palm reading Palmistry or chiromancy (also spelled cheiromancy, Greek kheir (χεῖρ, ός), “hand”; manteia… …   Wikipedia

  • palmistry — palmist, n. /pah meuh stree/, n. the art or practice of telling fortunes and interpreting character from the lines and configurations of the palm of a person s hand. [1375 1425; late ME pawmestry, equiv. to pawm PALM1 + estry (orig. obscure; cf.… …   Universalium

  • palmistry — [[t]pɑ͟ːmɪstri[/t]] N UNCOUNT Palmistry is the practice and art of trying to find out what people are like and what will happen in their future life by examining the lines on the palms of their hands …   English dictionary

  • palmistry — noun Telling fortunes from the lines on the palms of the hand; chiromancy Syn: chiromancy, palm reading See Also: palmist, palmister …   Wiktionary

  • PALMISTRY —    the art of reading character from the lines and marks on the palm of the hand, according to which some pretend to read fortunes as well …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • palmistry — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. chiRomancy, fortunetelling, prediction, prophecy; see divination , forecast …   English dictionary for students

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