Definition of crypt
1a : a chamber (such as a vault) wholly or partly underground; especially : a vault under the main floor of a churchb : a chamber in a mausoleum
2a : an anatomical pit or depressionb : a simple tubular gland
Examples of crypt in a Sentence
the old church's crypt is the final resting place for the president and his beloved wife
Recent Examples of crypt from the Web
Tom Cruise is a poor fit as a soldier of fortune who battles an ancient evil princess released from her crypt in this convoluted mishmash.
A few officers milled about the Senate wing of the Capitol near the crypt.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the story follows an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) who is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, threatening mankind.
This series thumbs its nose at detractors proclaiming the death of classical music by staging its shows in an actual crypt, at the accommodating Church of the Intercession, in Hamilton Heights.
Last year, LeBron James raised his team from the N.B.A. finals crypt.
For McConnell, the founding member of the Lafayette Escadrille who was shot down in 1917, the thought that he’d be buried in a crypt open to tourists might have been a shock.
The mausoleum stands some 30 m (100 ft) tall and the remains of 6,000 Romanian soldiers are contained within the crypts.
Alana's remains joined 161 others in a crypt at a St. Charles Township Cemetery, 1200 N. 5th Ave in St. Charles, during a short ceremony conducted by Rev. Timothy Perry of Nationwide Chaplain Services.
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Did You Know?
Hidden under the main floor of a great church is often a large room, often with a tomb as its centerpiece. Many major European churches were built over the remains of a saint—the Vatican's great St. Peter's Basilica is an example—and instead of having the coffin buried, it was often given its spacious room below ground level. In a large aboveground tomb, or mausoleum, there may be several small chambers for individual coffins, also called crypts; when the comic book Tales from the Crypt made its first appearance in 1950, it was this meaning that the authors were referring to.
Origin and Etymology 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: 1583See Words from the same year
Definition of crypt-
1 : hidden : covered cryptogenic
2 : cryptographic cryptanalysis
Origin and Etymology of crypt-
New Latin, from Greek kryptos
CRYPT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of crypt for English Language Learners
: a room under a church in which people are buried after they have died
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