crypt

[ kript ]
/ krɪpt /

noun

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

1375–1425 for sense “grotto”; 1555–65 for current senses; late Middle English cripte < Latin crypta < Greek kryptḗ hidden place, noun use of feminine of kryptós hidden, verbid of krýptein to hide; replacing earlier crypta < Latin, as above

Related forms

un·der·crypt, noun

Definition for crypt (2 of 2)

crypt-


variant of crypto- before a vowel.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crypt

British Dictionary definitions for crypt

crypt

/ (krɪpt) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

cryptal, adjective

Word Origin for crypt

C18: from Latin crypta, from Greek kruptē vault, secret place, from kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for crypt

crypt

[ krĭpt ]

n.

A small pit, recess, or glandular cavity in the body.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.