\ ˈkript How to pronounce crypt (audio) \

Definition of crypt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a chamber (such as a vault) wholly or partly underground especially : a vault under the main floor of a church
b : a chamber in a mausoleum
2a : an anatomical pit or depression
b : a simple tubular gland
variants: or crypto-

Definition of crypt- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : hidden : covered cryptogenic
2 : cryptographic cryptanalysis

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Synonyms for crypt

Synonyms: Noun

catacomb(s), vault

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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.

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 on the Web: Noun

Turner is referring to Sansa's statue in the trailer, which was placed in one corner of the Winterfell crypts, along with Arya's and Jon's statues. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "That Game of Thrones Teaser Actually Has "Nothing to Do" with Season 8," 25 Jan. 2019 Because so many things refuse to die or refuse to remain in the crypt, American culture now has a musty aroma. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Must Everything Old Be Exhumed Again?," 6 Dec. 2018 The trailer isn’t long and features Zelda and Link exploring a crypt and encountering the desiccated corpse of a princess who comes alive. Time, "Missed the E3 News? Here Are the Games and Consoles We're Most Excited About," 11 June 2019 Fans were understandably excited about the new footage, and took to Twitter: A teaser trailer released earlier this year featured statues of Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, and Arya Stark in a crypt. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Game of Thrones Footage Shows the Wall Falling Down & Fans Can't Wait," 24 Feb. 2019 Except for Cersei with her people down at King's Landing and the Northern civilians hidden in the Winterfell crypts, everyone else was on the battlefield at some point of the night, even Bran Stark. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "People Are Dragging Bran for Not Participating in the Battle of Winterfell on Game of Thrones," 29 Apr. 2019 In the crypts of King's Landing, surrounded by dragon bones and rubble and in the arms of her lover/twin brother, Jaime. Marie Claire, "Why Did Both Jaime and Cersei Lannister Die in 'Game of Thrones'?," 13 May 2019 One theory posited that maybe the Night King was going to bring the ancestors back to life and use them against those in the crypts. Glamour, "This 'Game of Thrones' Fan Theory About Winterfell's Crypts Is Actually Optimistic," 27 Apr. 2019 Sam breaks the news while meeting Jon in the crypts of Winterfell. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jon Snow Learns His True Identity in Game of Thrones the Season 8 Premiere," 15 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of crypt


1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for crypt


borrowed from Latin crypta, crupta "covered passage, underground room," borrowed from Greek kryptḗ "underground room," noun derivative from feminine of kryptós "hidden, secret," verbal adjective of krýptein "to hide, conceal," of uncertain origin

Note: The verb krýptein is phonetically and semantically close to kalýptein "to cover, conceal," and the two may have influenced each other. Other forms with which krýptein has been compared, such as Old Church Slavic kryjǫ, kryti "to cover, hide, shroud," Lithuanian kráuju, kráuti "to pile up," are too distant phonetically to allow realistic reconstruction of an Indo-European verbal base. The alternation in consonants between kryp- (in krýptein, kryptós), kryb- (in krýbdēn "secretly"), and kryph- (in kryphêi "in secret," -kryphos "hidden") is apparently the result of both assimilation and analogy.

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combining form from Greek kryptós "hidden, secret" — more at crypt

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English Language Learners Definition of crypt

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


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Medical Definition of crypt

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

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