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crypt

[ kript ]
/ krɪpt /
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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.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM crypt

un·der·crypt, noun

Other definitions for crypt (2 of 2)

crypt-

variant of crypto- before a vowel.
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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 of crypt

cryptal, adjective

Word Origin for crypt

C18: from Latin crypta, from Greek kruptē vault, secret place, from kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide
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Medical 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.
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