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.

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

undercrypt, noun Unabridged


variant of crypto- before a vowel. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
crypt (krɪpt)
1.  a cellar, vault, or underground chamber, esp beneath a church, where it is often used as a chapel, burial place, etc
2.  anatomy any pitlike recess or depression
[C18: from Latin crypta, from Greek kruptē vault, secret place, from kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., "grotto, cavern," from L. crypta "vault, cavern," from Gk. krypte, fem. of kryptos "hidden," from kryptein "to hide." Meaning "underground burial vault or chapel in a church" first attested 1789.
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Medical Dictionary

crypt (krĭpt)
A small pit, recess, or glandular cavity in the body.

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Computing Dictionary

crypt definition

Unix command to perform encryption and decryption.

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Example sentences
Take a few steps across it, over a thin creek, and you come face to face with a rain-stained crypt.
They are now displayed in situ in the underground crypt museum.
My favorite, and one often missed, is the crypt beneath the altar.
The crypt's marble floor, a gift from the royal pilgrim, is one legacy of that
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