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 combination crypto-fascist

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Driving much of the tax treatment of crypto is a 2014 IRS notice. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Make The Most of Your Failed Bitcoin Gamble: Sell Now," 21 Dec. 2018 The crypto craze has caused more than a few companies that nothing to do with the virtual currency to pivot. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Let This Iced Tea Company Be a Warning to Hasty Blockchain Investors," 2 Feb. 2018 Called Coinbase Ventures, the fund is already off to a $15 million start, which will help companies and founders in the crypto and blockchain industry get off the ground. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Josh James’ once-secretive Utah-based startup Domo is finally moving toward an IPO," 6 Apr. 2018 The regulator may have been keen to avoid a repeat of recent incidents where microcaps changed names or reoriented toward crypto and saw their shares surge., "Blockchain ETFs Join Crypto Gyrations in Wild Early Session," 18 Jan. 2018 Olaf Carlson-Wee’s Polychain Capital touted itself as being a billion-dollar crypto hedge fund last year. Yuliya Chernova, WSJ, "Crypto Fund Polychain’s Assets Drop 40% From $1 Billion Mark," 12 Apr. 2019 At a private dinner Facebook hosted during a recent crypto conference, one attendee told Cheddar that Facebook employees pitched the idea of creating a decentralized digital currency for the social network’s 2 billion users. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 The failure of Basis is a reminder of why some Silicon Valley investors shied away from the crypto industry in the first place. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Facebook wants you to buy — and watch — HBO on Facebook," 14 Dec. 2018 There are crypto and blockchain meetups all over the country—go to them knowing nothing! Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The suspects used that information to access the victim’s cellular phone service account, swapped SIM cards, and accessed and transferred the victim’s crypto currency to an unknown account for a total loss of about $6,069. Rachel Spacek, The Mercury News, "Saratoga crime report for the week of June 21," 14 June 2019 To achieve the right balance, regulators must find sensible answers to three questions: what are crypto-assets? The Economist, "How to regulate crypto," 26 Apr. 2018 The move would have positioned BitGo to compete with a small but growing pool of players offering custodial service—in essence, storage of crypto assets—to high-net-worth individuals, institutions, and funds. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "A Merger That Would Have Made Crypto Investing Easier Fails," 19 June 2018 Video: Clément Bürge The newest enticement in the crypto world is something traditional investors know very well: interest payments. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Coinbase’s New Customer Incentive: Interest Payments, With a Crypto Twist," 29 Mar. 2019 To be fair, crypto markets have long been defined by choppiness. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bitcoin Is in the Dumps, Spreading Gloom Over Crypto World," 19 Mar. 2019 Companies that have sprung up around the crypto world are under pressure until the next upswing, and crypto fans aren’t sure where that will come from or when. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bitcoin Is in the Dumps, Spreading Gloom Over Crypto World," 19 Mar. 2019 The question now is whether Coinbase can be a star performer if, as has been the case recently, crypto-currencies perform poorly. The Economist, "A disciplined startup emerges from the Wild West of crypto-currency," 28 June 2018 In this tough environment, crypto startup Polkadot is seeking to raise up to $60 million in new capital, according to people familiar with the matter. Tomio Geron, WSJ, "Crypto Startup Polkadot Seeking New Token Sale Above $1 Billion Valuation," 24 Jan. 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

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

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