cryptograph

noun

cryp·​to·​graph ˈkrip-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce cryptograph (audio)

Word History

Etymology

crypto- + -graph, after cryptography

Note: Popularized in Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Gold Bug" (1843), though use of the word preceded Poe's story.

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cryptograph was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Cryptograph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cryptograph. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

cryptograph

noun
cryp·​to·​graph ˈkrip-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce cryptograph (audio)
cryptographic
ˌkrip-tə-ˈgraf-ik
adjective

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