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

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

Related Words for cryptogram

representation, code, figure, cipher, writing

Examples from the Web for cryptogram

Historical Examples of cryptogram

  • I tore up the key, but here is a translation of the cryptogram.

    The Cryptogram

    William Murray Graydon

  • For aught we know we may never have another opportunity to work on this cryptogram.

    Across the Spanish Main

    Harry Collingwood

  • Without knowing where “A.” was, Orme could make nothing of the cryptogram.

    The Girl and The Bill

    Bannister Merwin

  • I had not a shadow of doubt as to the bona fides of the cryptogram.

  • Then she asked me to explain how I had come to decipher the cryptogram.

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