- an underground chamber or vault, as one under the main floor of a church, often, esp. formerly, serving as a burial place
- Anat. any of various recesses, glandular cavities, or follicles in the body
Origin of cryptMiddle English cript ; from Classical Latin crypta ; from Classical Greek krypt? ; from kryptos, hidden ; from kryptein, to hide ; from Indo-European an unverified form krubh- ; from base an unverified form kru-, to pile up, cover from source Old Irish cráu, hut
crypto-: used before a vowel
- An underground vault or chamber, especially one beneath a church that is used as a burial place.
- Anatomy A small pit, recess, or glandular cavity in the body.
Origin of cryptLatin crypta, from Greek krupt&emacron;, from feminine of kruptos, hidden, from kruptein, to hide.
Variant of crypto–.
From Latin crypta (“vault”), from Ancient Greek κρυπτός (kryptos, “hidden”).