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[krip-tuh-graf, -grahf] /ˈkrɪp təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/
cryptogram (def 1).
a system of secret writing; cipher.
a device for translating clear text into cipher.
Origin of cryptograph
First recorded in 1635-45; crypto- + -graph Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cryptograph
Historical Examples
  • It is a cryptograph, but a simple one, familiar to school children.

  • Natural history is not a cryptograph to be deciphered, it is a series of facts and incidents to be observed and recorded.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • Pray, Matthew, do you see any one sign repeated oftener than the others in this cryptograph?

    Curiosities of Olden Times

    S. Baring-Gould
  • It would involve a discussion of chemical symbols and formul which would make the printed page a cryptograph.

  • In the present instance we see it doubled no less than five times, although the cryptograph is brief.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
  • But be assured that the specimen before us appertains to the very simplest species of cryptograph.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
  • The cryptograph used throughout the war was perfected by him, and baffled all attempts of the enemy to translate it.

British Dictionary definitions for cryptograph


/ˈkrɪptəʊˌɡræf; -ˌɡrɑːf/
something written in code or cipher
a code using secret symbols (cryptograms)
a device for translating text into cipher, or vice versa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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