Definition of Crypt

1. Noun. A cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church).

Category relationships: Church, Church Service
Generic synonyms: Burial Chamber, Sepulcher, Sepulchre, Sepulture



Definition of Crypt

1. 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.

Definition of Crypt

1. Noun. An underground vault, especially one beneath a church that is used as a burial place. ¹

2. Noun. (anatomy) A small pit or cavity in the body ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Crypt

1. a burial vault [n -S] : CRYPTAL [adj]

Medical Definition of Crypt

1. Deep pit that protrudes down into the connective tissue surrounding the small intestine. The epithelium at the base of the crypt is the site of stem cell proliferation and the differentiated cells move upwards and are shed 3-5 days later at the tips of the villi. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Crypt

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cryovolcano
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cryovolcanos
crypsis
crypt (current term)
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Literary usage of Crypt

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publications by Oxford Historical Society (1885)
"The western wall of the crypt remains as it was left by Lanfranc, and the doorways, with the steps leading down from the aisles ; but the vaulting was ..."

2. The Gentleman's Magazine (1835)
"The principal portion of these remains was a crypt, placed at a right ... The western side of the crypt partly abutted on the cloisters and partly on a ..."

3. Gothic Architecture in England: An Analysis of the Origin & Development of by Francis Bond (1906)
"Most of our churches, however, whether great or small, have no crypt and never had. It might be thought that it was where there were no relics buried of a ..."

4. The Antiquary by Edward Walford, John Charles Cox, George Latimer Apperson (1880)
"Entering this crypt, however, we find precisely the same base-splays, ... The caps and bases harmonize with those in the fragmentary crypt-aisle, ..."

5. The Archaeological Journal by British Archaeological Association (1899)
"Iii September, 1898, some work was being done to the chancel of this church which led to the discovery of an undoubted Saxon crypt. ..."

6. The Early History of Oxford, 727-1100: Preceded by a Sketch of the Mythical by James Parker (1885)
"The western wall of the crypt remains as it was left by Lanfranc, and the doorways, with the steps leading down from the aisles ; but the vaulting was ..."

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