- a subterranean chamber or vault, especially one beneath the main floor of a church, used as a burial place, a location for secret meetings, etc.
- Anatomy. a slender pit or recess; a small glandular cavity.
Origin of crypt
- variant of crypto- before a vowel.
Examples from the Web for crypt
Because of the German clothing, they were turned over to the Germans, who interred them in a crypt in France.The WWII Hero America Abandoned
Megan McCloskey, ProPublica
March 21, 2014
The “home of the NRA gun collection” was as quiet as a crypt.After Newtown Shooting, the NRA Museum Is Silent and Somber
December 16, 2012
In the far corners of the crypt were dozens of boxes of human remains.Italian Police Open a Mobster’s Vatican-Owned Tomb in Search of a Missing Girl
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 16, 2012
Note to royal couple: Stay away from Canterbury Cathedral, where Thomas à Becket was whacked near the stairs to the crypt.A Date for William and Kate
April 6, 2010
But for now, sources tell me, Michael Jackson will be stored in a crypt almost directly underneath the Last Supper masterpiece.Michael's Foreverland
September 1, 2009
When the round was ended and we were leaving the Crypt she saw me put a hand in my pocket.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
The crypt is somewhat lower than this chamber, two steps or so?Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
The ceiling of the crypt is blackened by the smoke of lamps.Byeways in Palestine
It looks more like the room of a Pompeian house than a Christian crypt.
A remarkable monument was discovered in the crypt four years ago.
- a cellar, vault, or underground chamber, esp beneath a church, where it is often used as a chapel, burial place, etc
- anatomy any pitlike recess or depression
Word Origin and History for crypt
early 15c., "grotto, cavern," from Latin crypta "vault, cavern," from Greek krypte (short for krypte kamara "hidden vault"), fem. of kryptos "hidden," verbal adjective from kryptein "to hide," from PIE *krau- "to conceal, hide" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kryjo, kryti "to hide"). Meaning "underground burial vault or chapel in a church" first attested 1789.
- A small pit, recess, or glandular cavity in the body.