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cryptogram

[krip-tuh-gram]
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noun
  1. a message or writing in code or cipher; cryptograph.
  2. an occult symbol or representation.
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Origin of cryptogram

First recorded in 1875–80; crypto- + -gram1
Related formscryp·to·gram·mic, cryp·to·gram·mat·ic [krip-tuh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌkrɪp tə grəˈmæt ɪk/, cryp·to·gram·mat·i·cal, adjectivecryp·to·gram·ma·tist, noun
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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.

  • Then she asked me to explain how I had come to decipher the cryptogram.


Word Origin and History for cryptogram

n.

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

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