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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Both founders contradict the stereotype of crypto-enthusiasts as wild, lawless iconoclasts. The Economist, "A disciplined startup emerges from the Wild West of crypto-currency," 28 June 2018 At the time, Robinhood’s co-founder told Fortune that the company is not concerned at the moment about making money on crypto. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Robinhood Adds Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin in Push to Expand Crypto," 12 July 2018 The speech comes amid ongoing uncertainty over the legal status of digital tokens like Bitcoin and Ethereum, and is being parsed closely by lawyers and by the crypto community. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The SEC's Big Cryptocurrency Speech: 5 Things to Know," 15 June 2018 The work is a reference to a half-serious joke in the crypto community about using profits to buy Lambos. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Will Apple ever merge the iPhone and Mac operating systems?," 6 June 2018 Practices like spoofing -- a form of cheating that regulators have spent years stamping out in futures and equities markets -- have fueled concerns about whether crypto trading is adequately monitored., "Mario Draghi Answers Questions at ECB News Conference," 26 Apr. 2018 Despite a potential crackdown on U.S. initial coin offerings, many upstart crypto-trading platforms are barreling into uncharted territory. Tomio Geron, WSJ, "New Wave of Firms Race to Capitalize on ICO Gold Rush," 16 Apr. 2018 The crypto community’s response resulted in over $1 million in Bitcoin donations as a way to thank Antonopoulos for his service. Camila Russo And Lily Katz, Houston Chronicle, "Catching up on crypto: A field guide to digital-money culture," 2 Feb. 2018 In fact, several websites that track the crypto community said that those with knowledge of the currency suspected that Bitconnect was running a Ponzi scheme by paying out existing loan interest with new loans. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "A Louisville investor says he was duped into a Bitcoin investment scheme. Now he's suing," 30 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 In any case, the U.S. government is paying a lot of attention to the overall $248 billion crypto market. Matthew Leising,, "Crypto Coin Tether Defies Logic on Kraken’s Market, Raising Red Flags," 29 June 2018 Robinhood, an online brokerage that has won customers by selling shares without charging a commission, now offers crypto-currencies. The Economist, "A disciplined startup emerges from the Wild West of crypto-currency," 28 June 2018 Opportunities for new influencers like Crypto Sally are growing as the easy money for crypto projects evaporates. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "The Hustlers Fueling Cryptocurrency’s Marketing Machine," 12 June 2018 The Securities and Exchange Commission warned in March that many crypto trading platforms were potentially unlawful. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "New York Stock Exchange Executive to Join Winklevoss Bitcoin Firm," 6 July 2018 Did an owl do it? Plus: The world's biggest crypto scandal and the physicists who watched a clock tick for 14 years. Andrea Valdez, WIRED, "Top Stories in June 2018: An Alternate Theory About 'The Staircase'," 30 June 2018 As the digital money frenzy of the past few years cools, the crypto coin graveyard is filling up. Fortune, "Crypto Coin Graveyard Fills Up Fast as ICOs Meet Their Demise," 28 June 2018

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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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