cryp·​to·​gram ˈkrip-tə-ˌgram How to pronounce cryptogram (audio)
: a communication in cipher or code
: a figure or representation having a hidden significance

Examples of cryptogram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like them, Schulz wrote about frustrated messianic longing, his resentment and awe of his father, and the tormenting intuition that the world is a cryptogram that will never be solved. Adam Kirsch, The New Republic, 6 Apr. 2023 Less and less, after forty years of living with the poem, am I tempted to regard it, or shun it, as a cryptogram. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 26 Sep. 2022 At some point in the morning, a large wooden cryptogram is wheeled out onto the stage. Heather Platt, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2022 Each time a chip card is used, the card itself computes a secret value (known as a cryptogram) that is sent to the issuer of the card, who can use it to validate that the actual physical card was used in the transaction. Rui Ribeiro, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Each letter also included one-third of a 408-symbol cryptogram that the suspect said would reveal his identity. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 12 Dec. 2020 One of the most alarming pieces of evidence that Stewart uncovered was actually finding his dad’s name in one of the Zodiac Killer’s infamous cryptograms. Rachel Paige,, 6 Mar. 2020 He was dubbed the Zodiac Killer because some of his cryptograms included astrological symbols and references. The Sacramento Bee,, 3 May 2018 Her mastery of the English language was apparent by her swift, accurate solutions to crossword, jumble and cryptogram puzzles. Hartford Courant,, 30 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History


crypto- + -gram, after cryptograph, cryptography

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cryptogram was in 1827

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“Cryptogram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


cryp·​to·​gram ˈkrip-tə-ˌgram How to pronounce cryptogram (audio)
: something written in cipher or code
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