A coded message or a secret symbol — a figure or representation with secret meaning or significance. Cryptograms have often been used by students of the occult. (pr. kripp"te-gram') See a discussion of the root of this word at cryptic. "Cryptography" is the coding and decoding of ciphers. The adjectival form is "cryptogrammic."

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  • Cryptogram — Cryp to*gram (kr?p t? gr?m), n. A cipher writing. Same as {Cryptograph}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cryptogram — 1880, from CRYPTO (Cf. crypto ) + GRAM (Cf. gram) word, letter. A modern word coined in English; though the elements are Gk., the ancient Greeks would find it barbarous …   Etymology dictionary

  • cryptogram — ► NOUN ▪ a text written in code …   English terms dictionary

  • cryptogram — [krip′tō gram΄, krip′təgram΄] n. [ CRYPTO + GRAM] something written in code or cipher cryptogrammic adj …   English World dictionary

  • Cryptogram — For other uses, see Cryptogram (disambiguation). Not to be confused with cryptogam, the plants which reproduce by using spores. Example cryptogram. A cryptogram is a type of puzzle which consists of a short piece of encrypted text. Generally the… …   Wikipedia

  • cryptogram — UK [ˈkrɪptəˌɡræm] / US noun [countable] Word forms cryptogram : singular cryptogram plural cryptograms a secret message written in code …   English dictionary

  • cryptogram — A phrase which has a secret meaning, as MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN (Dan. 5:25) or the number 666 (Rev. 13:18). The fish became a Christian cryptogram …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • cryptogram — noun Etymology: French cryptogramme, from crypt + gramme gram Date: 1878 1. a communication in cipher or code 2. a figure or representation having a hidden significance …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cryptogram — n. [Gr. kryptos, hidden; gramma, written character] Method that expresses in a standard code form a collection of data used in classification …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • cryptogram — cryptogrammic, cryptogrammatic /krip teuh greuh mat ik/, cryptogrammatical, adj. cryptogrammatist, n. /krip teuh gram /, n. 1. a message or writing in code or cipher; cryptograph. 2. an occult symbol or representation. [1875 80; CRYPTO + GRAM1] * …   Universalium

  • cryptogram — noun A type of word puzzle in which text encoded by a simple cipher is to be decoded …   Wiktionary

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