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crypto- +‎ -gram


cryptogram (plural cryptograms)

  1. Encrypted text.
    • 1981, Norma Gleason, Cryptograms and Spygrams, Courier Corporation (→ISBN), page 7:
      It's a big help in solving cryptograms if you know how a cryptogram is constructed. The constructor normally uses two alphabets, one for plaintext, one for the substitute cipher letters.
    • 2002, Fred Piper, Sean Murphy, Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction, OUP Oxford (→ISBN), page 35:
      To anyone who does not know the key, the five characters of the cryptogram are different but the genuine receiver is in no danger of confusion.
    • 2019, Ioanna Iordanou, Venice's Secret Service: Organizing Intelligence in the Renaissance, Oxford University Press (→ISBN), page 139:
      Indeed, Willaert was unable to read Charles's musical notation because it was actually a musical cryptogram passing for a madrigal, making absolutely no sense to a mere musician's naked eye, despite his towering talent.
  2. (games) A type of word puzzle in which text encoded by a simple cipher is to be decoded.
    • 2007, Charles Seife, Decoding the Universe, Penguin (→ISBN)
      You already know this if you are an amateur codebreaker. On the comics pages of many newspapers, you will find a little puzzle known as a cryptogram. It's usually a famous quotation that has been encrypted in a very straightforward way []


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From crypto- +‎ -gram.


  • IPA(key): /ˌkrɪp.toːˈɣrɑm/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: cryp‧to‧gram
  • Rhymes: -ɑm


cryptogram n (plural cryptogrammen, diminutive cryptogrammetje n)

  1. cryptic crossword (crossword puzzle with cryptic definitions)

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