Definitions

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

  • n. A crypt, especially one used for burial under a church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cellar or vaulted storage room.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A subterranean room of any kind; esp., one under a church (see crypt), or one used as a chapel or for any sacred purpose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any vault or secret passage under ground.

Etymologies

Middle English : under-, under- + croft, crypt (from Middle Dutch crofte, from Medieval Latin crupta, from Latin crypta, crypt; see crypt).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
under +‎ croft (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the space known as the undercroft, classrooms equipped with low plastic banquet tables and tiny chairs are littered with toys, crayons, and construction paper, as volunteer teachers prepare activities and lessons for their two- to twelve-year-old charges.

    American Grace

  • In the undercroft was a workshop where an old monk was teaching two youngsters how to stretch the skin of a sheep for parchment, how to make ink, and how to bind the sheets into a book.

    The Pillars of the Earth

  • Many worshippers make their way down to the undercroft, where Coffee Hour and a weekly lecture forum are set to begin.

    American Grace

  • The first floor is only accessible by an external staircase, and contains a hall and a small bedchamber, while the ground-floor undercroft would have been storage and servants' space.

    Early medieval architecture in Britain: examples from the era

  • But alas, now split between the glassed-off fortress of the Eurostar showroom and the far-off extension for the spurned Midland platforms, the undercroft filled with a standard-issue transport shopping mall, and enhanced with a Betjeman-themed pub, St Pancras has been multiplexed.

    Ruined gothic « Squares of Wheat

  • Maybe the staff control access to the undercroft because it's fairly cramped - you wouldn't want crowds of people trying to shove their way around down there - or maybe for the ubiquitous 'security reasons'.

    Location of the seventh-century church in York

  • A young man of about Cuhelyn's years, and by no means unlike him in build and colouring, though thinner in feature and somewhat longer in the reach, had been standing a little apart, watching the bustle all round him, his arms folded and his shoulders leaned against the wall of the undercroft, as though this tumultuous arrival concerned him rather less than the rest of the household.

    His Disposition

  • They are not prepared to support undercroft parking on a large development.

    Designing out Crime

  • A woman with her jutting belly printing the line from her breasts down along her navel to the undercroft of her belly through a tight pale blue dusty t-shirt looks blankly at us as she waves the green and red flags.

    Calabash–Arrival : Kwame Dawes : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • At the end of the service, the Archbishop carried the Blessed Sacrament in procession with the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral to the Altar of Repose in the cathedral's undercroft to observe a vigil until midnight.

    Archbishop in Holy Week

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