cryptogram

noun
cryp·​to·​gram | \ˈkrip-tə-ˌgram \

Definition of cryptogram 

1 : a communication in cipher or code

2 : a figure or representation having a hidden significance

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He was dubbed the Zodiac Killer because some of his cryptograms included astrological symbols and references. The Sacramento Bee, BostonGlobe.com, "DNA match sought to Zodiac Killer after break in other case," 3 May 2018 Her mastery of the English language was apparent by her swift, accurate solutions to crossword, jumble and cryptogram puzzles. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Marian P. McDonald," 30 Apr. 2018 The Zodiac Killer fatally stabbed or shot to death five people in Northern California in 1968 and 1969, then sent taunting letters and cryptograms to the police and newspapers. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Convicted killer from infamous “Texas 7” prison escape gets execution date," 24 May 2018 The Zodiac Killer fatally stabbed or shot to death five people in Northern California in 1968 and 1969, and their killer sent taunting letters and cryptograms to the police and newspapers. The Sacramento Bee, BostonGlobe.com, "DNA match sought to Zodiac Killer after break in other case," 3 May 2018 The killer sent taunting letters and cryptograms to the police and newspapers. kansascity, "Final Chapters for Jan. 14, 2018 | The Kansas City Star," 13 Jan. 2018 The Copiale Cipher -- a mysterious cryptogram bound in gold and green brocade paper -- is a 250-year-old coded document. Fox News, "Researchers Crack Secret Society's 18th Century Code, Target World's Most Mysterious Book," 26 Oct. 2011 The TV industry seems not to have learned from that AMC’s mistakes, as evidenced by this off-kilter cryptogram from the ABC show Kidnapped. Mike Selinker, WIRED, "Decoder Ring: Kidnapped‘s Not So Simple Cryptogram," 12 Nov. 2010 Instead, his films are thought-provoking, sometimes maddening, always engaging cryptograms. Richard Lawson, VanityFair.com, "Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman Face an Unthinkably Horrible Decision in The Killing of a Sacred Deer," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of cryptogram

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cryptogram

crypto- + -gram, after cryptograph, cryptography

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cryptogram

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cryptogram

: a message that is written in code

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