cryp·​to | \ ˈkrip-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce crypto (audio) \
plural cryptos

Definition of crypto

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who adheres or belongs secretly to a party, sect, or other group



Definition of crypto (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not openly avowed or declared often used in combinationcrypto-fascist

Examples of crypto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stark, though, is optimistic that Lightning will help lead more companies to use crypto for payments. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Bitcoin is too slow. Is Lightning Labs poised to fix that?," 5 Feb. 2020 In 2018, some employees explored trading cryptocurrencies, but Mr. Cummings terminated the project, in part because of concerns over regulators’ hostility toward crypto, the people said. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Tradebot, Pioneer of High-Speed Trading, Struggles With Profit Slump," 3 Feb. 2020 Unlike gold and crypto, there are plenty of reasonable investments involving those three types of assets. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: Texas securities board warns of fraud — oh, the irony!," 17 Jan. 2020 From basic password management to phishing scams, crypto is, well, dangerous. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "For once, Facebook is the underdog as Libra skepticism mounts," 10 Oct. 2019 China’s relatively cheap electricity attracts bitcoin miners, even as the central government cracks down on private cryptocurrency exchanges and regional officials pledge to pull their support for the crypto mining industry. Fortune, "The Case of Liu vs. Liu," 14 Dec. 2019 For myriad reasons, China’s digital yuan is probably not going to be a crypto-currency proper. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "What China could gain from a digital yuan," 19 Sep. 2019 Looking forward, the implications of tech companies embracing crypto are profound. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "How Blockchain Will Shake Up the Financial World: 5 Questions for Author Alex Tapscott," 11 Dec. 2019 The official Chinese crypto would also be a stablecoin, backed fully by yuan assets. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Libra Retreat Would Bring Joy and Relief to Asia," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The last time this happened—in July 2016, when the reward dropped from 25 bitcoins to 12.5 bitcoins—the crypto market wasn’t nearly as popular. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "What about digital currency? Our 2020 predictions for bitcoin, Libra, and the digital yuan," 3 Jan. 2020 For most crypto investors, this information is more than sufficient. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "For once, Facebook is the underdog as Libra skepticism mounts," 10 Oct. 2019 Timing could present challenges for some crypto investors. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Make The Most of Your Failed Bitcoin Gamble: Sell Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Three interpretations As crypto investor Meltem Demirors recently argued before the US Congress, in a hearing on Facebook’s Libra, bitcoin is a store of value—a digital gold of sorts. Anirudh Rastogi, Quartz India, "India must look beyond the narrow definition of bitcoin as a cryptocurrency," 3 Oct. 2019 What was new this year was that Bitcoin, the original cryptocurrency, had to share the spotlight more than ever before, as bankers, regulators and crypto’s true believers debated the merits of Facebook’s proposed Libra digital coin. Washington Post, "Crypto Goes Up and Down, But Is It Getting Anywhere?," 29 Nov. 2019 Xi’s proclamations came despite his government’s ban on crypto currencies that has been effect since 2017, out of fears that the speculation of the digital currencies would cause chaos in its financial markets. Jane Li, Quartz, "China’s leader, a fan of centralized power, is suddenly the darling of the crypto community," 28 Oct. 2019 All of this explains the growing number of crypto companies offering custody services. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Winklevoss Twins Launch a Crypto Storage Service," 10 Sep. 2019 This includes credit and debit cards, as well as newer payment forms like mobile (Apple Pay, Google Pay), peer-to-peer (PayPal, Venmo), and virtual or crypto currencies (bitcoin, etherium). Randy Kohl, WIRED, "Cashless Stores Alienate Customers in the Name of Efficiency," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of crypto


1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crypto


(sense 1) independent use of crypto-; (sense 2) by shortening

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14 Feb 2020

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“Crypto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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