[ krip-tuh-gram ]
/ ˈkrɪp təˌgræm /


a message or writing in code or cipher; cryptograph.
an occult symbol or representation.

Nearby words

  1. cryptocurrency,
  2. cryptogam,
  3. cryptogamous,
  4. cryptogenic,
  5. cryptogenic septicemia,
  6. cryptogrammatic,
  7. cryptograph,
  8. cryptographic,
  9. cryptography,
  10. cryptolith

Origin of cryptogram

First recorded in 1875–80; crypto- + -gram1

Related formscryp·to·gram·mic, cryp·to·gram·mat·ic [krip-tuh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌkrɪp tə grəˈmæt ɪk/, cryp·to·gram·mat·i·cal, adjectivecryp·to·gram·ma·tist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for cryptogram



1880, from crypto- + gram "word, letter." A modern word coined in English; though the elements are Greek, the ancient Greeks would find it barbarous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper