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cryp·​to ˈkrip-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce crypto (audio)
plural cryptos
: a person who adheres or belongs secretly to a party, sect, or other group
And jaws dropped, he said, when he explained the theory that Christopher Columbus was a "crypto" or hidden Jew.Kim Vo
: cryptocurrency
A specialty finance firm … is the first to offer brokers the option to get their commissions paid up front, in crypto, underscoring how digital coins are becoming a more mainstream part of financial transactions.Jennifer Schonberger
often used before another noun
crypto assets
the crypto market


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combining form

variants or before a vowel crypt-
: hidden : covered
: hidden by dissembling : unavowed
: cryptographic

Examples of crypto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
New money: Vance — once a venture capitalist working with Ron Klain at Steve Case's Revolution investment fund — has relationships that'll open new GOP fundraising frontiers with Silicon Valley and crypto entrepreneurs. Axios, 16 July 2024 Coinbase, the largest US crypto trading platform, rose 11%. Allison Morrow, CNN, 16 July 2024 South Florida is home to a large concentration of crypto ATMs. Dan Mika, Miami Herald, 15 July 2024 According to researchers at crypto tracing firm TRM Labs, CDK sent 387 bitcoin, worth around $25 million, to an account believed to be controlled by the BlackSuite ransomware gang. Andrew Couts, WIRED, 13 July 2024 Defend American Jobs is funded by the crypto industry. Alec Dent, Washington Post, 25 June 2024 And just as Gen Z were dipping their toes in the water, they were hit with the COVID-19 pandemic recession, record-high inflation, and the crypto crash. Byanne Lester, Fortune, 3 July 2024 As a result, 62% of its crypto revenue came from Dogecoin in 2021. Vinamrata Chaturvedi, Quartz, 2 July 2024 That jump in customers powered a 59% increase in card and interchange fees (to £486 million) and a 46% rise in FX and the use of Revolut’s wealth platform, which includes crypto trading, to £395 million. Beth Greenfield, Fortune Europe, 2 July 2024

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Word History



(sense 1) independent use of crypto-; (senses 2 & 3) by shortening

Combining form

combining form from Greek kryptós "hidden, secret" — more at crypt

First Known Use


1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crypto was in 1946

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Cite this Entry

“Crypto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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