- 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 kruptē from feminine of kruptos hidden from kruptein to hide
Variant of crypto-
From Latin crypta (“vault”), from Ancient Greek κρυπτός (kryptos, “hidden”).