cryp·​to | \ˈkrip-(ˌ)tō \
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 combination crypto-fascist

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Salt in July 2017 began selling its own token that allowed holders to access its loans—around the time an SEC report warned the regulator would police the red-hot crypto market. Shane Shifflett, WSJ, "Firm Tied to Cryptocurrency Entrepreneur Faces SEC Investigation," 15 Nov. 2018 This will be enabled by crypto-economic networks, a generalization of the ideas first introduced in Bitcoin and further developed in Ethereum. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Coinbase thrived when cryptocurrencies crashed. Can it take the blockchain back to the mainstream?," 27 Sep. 2018 The book of the dead is expanding rapidly now that prices have collapsed across the crypto market. Fortune, "Crypto Coin Graveyard Fills Up Fast as ICOs Meet Their Demise," 28 June 2018 These products allow institutions to gain exposure to crypto markets while bypassing the storage issue altogether. Omid Malekan, New York Times, "If Fund Managers Back Bitcoin," 27 June 2018 Its market capitalisation now amounts to only about one-third of the crypto-market (see chart). The Economist, "Beyond bitcoinBitcoin is no long the only game in crypto-currency town," 13 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, Stripe may have given up on bitcoin, but Collison is still excited about the future of crypto. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Apple Watch and AirPods escape Trump’s list of China tariffs," 18 Sep. 2018 Boshoff sees crypto-currencies as being fuelled by speculation. Neil Shaw, Fox News, "South African white enclave tests e-currency to stand apart," 16 July 2018 The moon is the most optimistic price projection, and Hodlmoon is a crypto-themed clothing line named after the idea of holding until the price soars. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "FUD and HODL: How to Speak Cryptoslang," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The problem appears to be that running Steemit cost real money, rather than crypto tokens: Steemit said the move is a result of the weakness of the cryptocurrency market. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Dueling employee petitions have revealed a deep divide within Google over China," 29 Nov. 2018 Get our daily newsletter To that end, Switzerland is maintaining loose rules for crypto-businesses, even as other countries are tightening theirs. The Economist, "Tales from the crypto-nationA banking centre seeks to reinvent itself," 24 Feb. 2018 Heck, adaptogen names even sound like crypto names: eleuthero, schisandra, rhodiola. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Adaptogenic dusts, oils, and pills have a veneer of science, but there’s not much evidence to back them up.," 2 Nov. 2018 Along with the Bundle, Coinbase is also giving would-be crypto customers some reading material. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Coinbase thrived when cryptocurrencies crashed. Can it take the blockchain back to the mainstream?," 27 Sep. 2018 The round, led by Bitmain — a company that makes crypto mining equipment — with participation from several traditional venture firms, is one of the largest yet for a crypto startup, suggesting legitimacy and optimism for the still-nascent industry. Dan Frommer, Recode, "Circle has raised another $110 million — at a nearly $3 billion valuation — in one of the largest rounds for a crypto startup yet," 15 May 2018 Musicoin is a new streaming platform that is supported by its own crypto currency. Rob Schwartz, Billboard, "Lala Hsu, Eggplant Egg Among the Big Winners at 29th Golden Melody Awards," 27 June 2018 As Recode reported in April, the firm was working this spring to create a new fund to focus solely on crypto deals. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Andreessen Horowitz has finally hired a woman as a general partner, as it also officially debuts a crypto fund," 25 June 2018 The venture capital arm of his family office, Cohen Ventures, recently invested in Autonomous Partners, a crypto hedge fund. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet - Friday, July 13," 13 July 2018

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1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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