noun \ˈkript\

: a room under a church in which people are buried after they have died

Full Definition of CRYPT

a :  a chamber (as a vault) wholly or partly underground; especially :  a vault under the main floor of a church
b :  a chamber in a mausoleum
a :  an anatomical pit or depression
b :  a simple tubular gland

Examples of CRYPT

  1. <the old church's crypt is the final resting place for the president and his beloved wife>

Origin of CRYPT

Latin crypta, from Greek kryptē, from feminine of kryptos hidden, from kryptein to hide; perhaps akin to Lithuanian krauti to pile up
First Known Use: 1789

Related to CRYPT

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with CRYPT


noun \ˈkript\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CRYPT

:  an anatomical pit, depression, or invagination <a developing tooth in its bony crypt>—see tonsillar crypt
:  a simple tubular gland (as a crypt of Lieberkühn)


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