cryp·​to·​nym | \ ˈkrip-tə-ˌnim How to pronounce cryptonym (audio) \

Definition of cryptonym

: a secret name

Examples of cryptonym in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Stellarwind cryptonym replaced it soon afterward. Barton Gellman, Wired, "Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network," 24 May 2020

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First Known Use of cryptonym

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptonym

crypt- + -onym

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“Cryptonym.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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