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crypt

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

[Latin crypta, from Greek kruptē, from feminine of kruptos, hidden, from kruptein, to hide.]

crypt

(krɪpt)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a cellar, vault, or underground chamber, esp beneath a church, where it is often used as a chapel, burial place, etc
2. (Anatomy) anatomy any pitlike recess or depression
[C18: from Latin crypta, from Greek kruptē vault, secret place, from kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide]
ˈcryptal adj

crypt

(krɪpt)

n.
1. a subterranean chamber or vault, esp. one beneath the main floor of a church, used as a burial place, a location for secret meetings, etc.
2. Anat.
a. any recess or depression.
b. a small glandular cavity.
[1555–65; < Latin crypta < Greek kryptḗ hidden place, n. use of feminine of kryptós hidden, v. adj. of krýptein to hide]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crypt - a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)crypt - a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)
church service, church - a service conducted in a house of worship; "don't be late for church"
burial chamber, sepulcher, sepulchre, sepulture - a chamber that is used as a grave

crypt

noun vault, tomb, catacomb, ossuary, undercroft people buried in the crypt of an old London church

crypt

noun
A burial place or receptacle for human remains:
Translations
سِرداب، ديماس، قَبْو تَحت كنيسـه
krypta
gravhvælvingkrypt
KryptaKrypte
altemplomkripta
hvelfing
kripta
kapenes
krypta
mahzen mezar

crypt

[krɪpt] Ncripta f

crypt

[ˈkrɪpt] ncrypte f

crypt

nKrypta f; (= burial crypt)Gruft f

crypt

[krɪpt] ncripta

crypt

(kript) noun
a room under a church, used for burying people.

crypt

n. cripta, pequeño receso tubular.
References in classic literature ?
This would be a circumstance, doubtless, totally unworthy to dwell in the memory of so rigid an anchorite; yet, I think, were you to search yonder crypt once more, you would find that I am right in my conjecture.
The ten liveried archers were variously disposed about the church to keep him company; two of them being locked in a tiny crypt, three in the belfry, "to ring us a wedding peal," as Robin said; and the others under quire seats or in the vestry.
We passed through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and descending again, arrived at a deep crypt, in which the foulness of the air caused our flambeaux rather to glow than flame.
The two coffins were placed on trestles previously prepared for their reception in the right-hand crypt belonging to the Saint-Meran family.
Now we will descend into the crypt, under the grand altar of Milan Cathedral, and receive an impressive sermon from lips that have been silent and hands that have been gestureless for three hundred years.
I've got a couple of skulls down in the crypt," he said; "come and see those.
This be the castle's crypt," whispered Joan; "and they do say that strange happenings occur here in the still watches of the night, and that when the castle sleeps the castle's dead rise from their coffins and shake their dry bones.
fourteenth century a ghoul was cornered in the crypt of the cathedral
The members of the family and servants of the house kept away from the gloomy spot, where the bones of the descendant of an ancient line of knights and gentlemen lay, awaiting their final consignment to the family crypt.
A monotonous, silent city, deriving an earthy flavour throughout from its Cathedral crypt, and so abounding in vestiges of monastic graves, that the Cloisterham children grow small salad in the dust of abbots and abbesses, and make dirt-pies of nuns and friars; while every ploughman in its outlying fields renders to once puissant Lord Treasurers, Archbishops, Bishops, and such-like, the attention which the Ogre in the story-book desired to render to his unbidden visitor, and grinds their bones to make his bread.
When the bachelor had given her in connection with almost every tomb and flat grave-stone some history of its own, he took her down into the old crypt, now a mere dull vault, and showed her how it had been lighted up in the time of the monks, and how, amid lamps depending from the roof, and swinging censers exhaling scented odours, and habits glittering with gold and silver, and pictures, and precious stuffs, and jewels all flashing and glistening through the low arches, the chaunt of aged voices had been many a time heard there, at midnight, in old days, while hooded figures knelt and prayed around, and told their rosaries of beads.
What stirred in the brain crypts of Borckman's heredity, stirred in the brain- crypts of Jerry's heredity.