85 Great Palindrome Examples

Ever heard the word palindrome and wondered what the hell it means? Well, worry no more as this article is going to break it all down for you. As the United States Merriam-Webster Dictionary states, a palindrome is “a word, verse, sentence, or number that reads the same backward or forward.” Some simple palindrome examples include words like madam and level and numbers such as 1881 and 11.

The word palindrome was first coined by English poet Henry Peacham in 1638. It comes from the Greek word palindromos, meaning ‘running back again.’ While many are normal words, there are also fun phrases that are classified as palindromes. An example is ‘drab as a fool, aloof as a bard.’ Neat hey?

Fun fact: according to the Oxford English Dictionarythe longest single-word palindrome in the English language is the word tattarrattat, which means ‘a knock at the door.’ It was invented by James Joyce for his epic novel Ulysses.

Types of Palindromes

It might surprise you to know there are many types of palindromes that make up the English language. What they all have in common is that they read the same, whether you are reading from right to left or left to right.

Single-Word Palindromes

single-word palindromes

Palindrome words that fall into this category are character by character palindromes. These are the most common palindrome examples. This means each character matches, so the word can be spelled the same forward or backward. There are dozens of examples of single-word palindromes in the English language. Below you will find 20 great examples.

  • Alula – a part of a birds wing
  • Civic – pertaining to cities
  • Deked – a feint in hockey
  • Kayak – a canoe
  • Level – to even out
  • Madam – a term used to describe a woman
  • Evening – a Muslim scholar
  • Minim – a musical note
  • Mom – a mother
  • Noon – midday
  • Pullup – a type of exercise
  • Racecar – a car that races, duh
  • Radar – sonar equipment
  • Redder – how red color is
  • Refer – to attribute to
  • Reviver – one who revives
  • Rotor – a rotating machine part
  • Sedes – a seat in Latin
  • Tallat – a loft
  • Tenet – a principal
  • Wow – to be surprised

Multiple Word Palindromes

multiple word palindromes

These palindromes are not limited to just one word. They can contain two or more words that spell out the same thing whether you read in normal or reverse order. They also don’t need to be the same words, just as long as they spell out the same word no matter which way you read it.

  • Taco cat – who knows what a taco cat is (let’s assume a cat in a taco costume), but it’s an official palindromic sequence.
  • My gym – move the g around and hey presto!
  • Top spot – similar to the phrase above, just adjust the s and all is well in the world.
  • Never odd or even – this one takes a little more thinking but is rather clever.

Palindrome Sentences

While multiple word palindromes are mainly a couple of different words cobbled together, there are also fully formed palindrome sentences. When you would ever use these sentences is up for debate, but they do exist and make sense.

  • Too bad I hid a bad.
  • Don’t nod.
  • Was it a cat I saw?
  • Step on no pets.
  • Mr Owl ate my metal worm.
  • A nut for a jar of tuna?
  • Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo.
  • UFO tofu.
  • Do geese see God?
  • Borrow or rob?

Palindrome Sentences That Ignore Punctuation

There are some longer palindrome sentences that only work if ignore all forms of grammar. Where there is a comma or an apostrophe, if you remove the punctuation you have a palindrome. This also includes spacing and capitals. Now the only thing about some of these sentences is that they don’t really make a heap of sense. While they are perfectly formed sentences and abide by grammar rules, they are not sentences you utter in your everyday life. Just keep that in mind as you read through them.

  • Eva, can I stab bats in a cave?
  • Sit on a potato pan, Otis.
  • No lemon, no melon.
  • Able was I, ere I saw Elba.
  • Madam, I’m Adam.
  • No, Mel Gibson is a casino’s big lemon.
  • A man, a plan, a canal – Panama.
  • Cigar? Toss it in a can. It is so tragic.
  • Naomi, did I moan?
  • No, sir, prefer prison.

Longer Palindrome Sentences That Ignore Punctuation

Now as you can see, most of the sentences that are palindromes make no sense whatsoever. They a