un·​der·​croft ˈən-dər-ˌkrȯft How to pronounce undercroft (audio)
: a subterranean room
especially : a vaulted chamber under a church

Examples of undercroft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When finished, the undercroft will house 15,000 square feet of exhibition space surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass walls that offer views of the rest of the unfinished undercroft. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2023 Fish fry in the undercroft. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 1 Mar. 2022 The Park Service initially revealed plans to turn the undercroft into a museum in 2016, after receiving an $18.5 million donation from philanthropist David Rubenstein. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2023 The project will provide floor-to-ceiling glass walls with a view of the undercroft. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 21 Feb. 2023 Dine-in option on March 4, March 11 and March 18 in the undercroft. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 1 Mar. 2022 First, officials requested rooms with more space at existing locations where possible, such as moving voting from a church’s undercroft and into its gym. Duard Headley, The Enquirer, 2 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 14 June 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undercroft was in the 14th century

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“Undercroft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undercroft. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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