Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An underground vault or chamber, especially one beneath a church that is used as a burial place.
  • n. Anatomy A small pit, recess, or glandular cavity in the body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An underground vault, especially one beneath a church that is used as a burial place.
  • n. A small pit or cavity in the body

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vault wholly or partly under ground; especially, a vault under a church, whether used for burial purposes or for a subterranean chapel or oratory.
  • n. A simple gland, glandular cavity, or tube; a follicle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hidden or secret recess; a subterranean cell or cave, especially one constructed or used for the interment of bodies, as in the catacombs.
  • n. A part of an ecclesiastical building, as a cathedral, church, etc., below the chief floor, commonly set apart for monumental purposes, and sometimes used as a chapel or a shrine.
  • n. In anatomy, a follicle; a small simple tubular or saccular secretory pit; a small glandular cavity: as, a mucous crypt (a follicular secretory pit in mucous membrane). See follicle. Also crypta.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)

Etymologies

Latin crypta, from Greek kruptē, from feminine of kruptos, hidden, from kruptein, to hide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin crypta ("vault"), from Ancient Greek κρυπτός (kryptos, "hidden"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Eclispe by Stephenie Meyer Page 78
    -"I'll stop by your crypt after school."

    November 1, 2010