cryp·​to·​nym ˈkrip-tə-ˌnim How to pronounce cryptonym (audio)
: a secret name

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Stellarwind cryptonym replaced it soon afterward. Barton Gellman, Wired, 24 May 2020

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Word History


crypt- + -onym

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cryptonym was in 1862

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“Cryptonym.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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