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Because of the German clothing, they were turned over to the Germans, who interred them in a crypt in France.
The “home of the NRA gun collection” was as quiet as a crypt.After Newtown Shooting, the NRA Museum Is Silent and Somber|Lloyd Grove|December 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In the far corners of the crypt were dozens of boxes of human remains.Italian Police Open a Mobster’s Vatican-Owned Tomb in Search of a Missing Girl|Barbie Latza Nadeau|May 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Note to royal couple: Stay away from Canterbury Cathedral, where Thomas à Becket was whacked near the stairs to the crypt.
But for now, sources tell me, Michael Jackson will be stored in a crypt almost directly underneath the Last Supper masterpiece.
From Bossuet to Pascal is to pass from the solemn splendour of the church to the chill of the crypt.Critical Miscellanies (Vol 2 of 3)|John Morley
The crypt is of interest from being mainly built up from the rude early church of the Danish founder.Romantic Ireland; volume 1/2|M.F and B. McM. Mansfield
This mutilated figure, which withstood the great fire of London, is still preserved in the crypt of the present cathedral.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)|Isaac Disraeli
The form of the crypt is that of a perfect Romanesque basilica, a nave and two aisles terminating a three-lobed apse.The Cathedrals of Northern Spain|Charles Rudy
This crypt is like a dreamland treasure-house filled with spoils of art and fancy.The Jenolan Caves|Samuel Cook
British Dictionary definitions for crypt
Word Origin for crypt
Word Origin and History for crypt
early 15c., "grotto, cavern," from Latin crypta "vault, cavern," from Greek krypte (short for krypte kamara "hidden vault"), fem. of kryptos "hidden," verbal adjective from kryptein "to hide," from PIE *krau- "to conceal, hide" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kryjo, kryti "to hide"). Meaning "underground burial vault or chapel in a church" first attested 1789.