undercroft

noun
un·​der·​croft | \ ˈən-dər-ˌkrȯft How to pronounce undercroft (audio) \

Definition of undercroft

: a subterranean room especially : a vaulted chamber under a church

Examples of undercroft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The café is located in Edward III's medieval undercroft (a cellar or storage room), which has been used for centuries as the estate's wine cellar. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "You Can Now Have Afternoon Tea at Queen Elizabeth's Weekend Retreat, Windsor Castle," 10 Mar. 2020 New exhibits will be added, and visitors will be able to see the massive pilings and foundation that support the memorial in its undercroft. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Battered by time, nature and antiaircraft fire, Lincoln Memorial gets facelift," 14 June 2018 While the Abbey had a smaller museum in the 11th-century undercroft off the cloisters until 2015, the new gallery offers space for four times as many objects for a total of 300. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Crowns! Scepters! Orbs! See the Amazing Royal Treasures Newly on Display at Westminster Abbey," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of undercroft

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for undercroft

Middle English, from under + crofte crypt, from Middle Dutch, from Medieval Latin crupta, from Latin crypta — more at crypt

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“Undercroft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undercroft. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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