[ sahy-fer-tekst ]

  1. the encoded version of a message or other text; cryptogram.

Origin of ciphertext

First recorded in 1935–40; cipher + text

Words Nearby ciphertext Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ciphertext in a sentence

  • And finally there's the key: secret stuff you feed into the cipher along with the cleartext to make ciphertext.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • For a normal Internet surfer, a session online is probably about 95 percent cleartext, five percent ciphertext.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow