Definition of crypt
1a : a chamber (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>
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: 1583
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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