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undercroft

[uhn-der-krawft, -kroft]
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noun
  1. a vault or chamber under the ground, especially in a church.
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Origin of undercroft

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at under, croft1
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undercroft

noun
  1. an underground chamber, such as a church crypt, often with a vaulted ceiling
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Word Origin

C14: from croft a vault, cavern, from earlier crofte, ultimately from Latin crypta crypt
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Word Origin and History for undercroft

n.

"crypt of a church; underground vault," late 14c., from under + croft.

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