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[krip-tuh-gram] /ˈkrɪp təˌgræm/
a message or writing in code or cipher; cryptograph.
an occult symbol or representation.
Origin of cryptogram
First recorded in 1875-80; crypto- + -gram1
Related forms
cryptogrammic, cryptogrammatic
[krip-tuh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌkrɪp tə grəˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
cryptogrammatical, adjective
cryptogrammatist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cryptogram
Historical Examples
  • I tore up the key, but here is a translation of the cryptogram.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • For aught we know we may never have another opportunity to work on this cryptogram.

    Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
  • Without knowing where “A.” was, Orme could make nothing of the cryptogram.

    The Girl and The Bill

    Bannister Merwin
  • I had not a shadow of doubt as to the bona fides of the cryptogram.

    The Cruise of the "Esmeralda" Harry Collingwood
  • Then she asked me to explain how I had come to decipher the cryptogram.

  • On one of the stairs he picked up Grandfather Lumsden's cryptogram.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • "North or south may be indicated in the cryptogram—when we discover it," said Marsland.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • Therefore the sheet on which the cryptogram has been drawn was cut from the Bible.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • Now, the first line of central figures in the cryptogram is 150.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • A prearranged code of letters will do, known only to the composer of the cryptogram.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
Word Origin and History for cryptogram

1880, from crypto- + gram "word, letter." A modern word coined in English; though the elements are Greek, the ancient Greeks would find it barbarous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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