Definition of cryptogram in English:


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  • 1A text written in code.

    ‘Others look at security as a kind of puzzle, like the cryptograms on the comics page of the newspaper, only with more at stake.’
    • ‘Melvin Way makes cryptograms in which he embeds formulas and diagrams intricately woven from letters, words, phrases, numbers, and designs.’
    • ‘In a book like this, one would expect to discover some allegorical message or a hidden cryptogram.’
    • ‘In any case, puzzle fanatics will enjoy the many riddles, illusions, cryptograms and other mind-benders offered for analysis.’
    • ‘Will solving crossword puzzles prevent my intellectual decline or decoding cryptograms do the same for my wife?’
    • ‘These puzzles come in two flavors: puzzles where you must put things back together (like torn up pictures) and puzzles where you must solve cryptograms (that is, decode messages).’
    • ‘As one who grew up with a love for cryptograms, Encyclopedia Brown, logic puzzles and adventure games, I felt let down by the book; it could have offered me so much more than it did.’
    • ‘When my brother and I were at camp, he sent us cryptograms.’
    • ‘This cryptogram is typical of the allusiveness of the poem, part of which is now impenetrable.’
    • ‘There are cryptograms - on that level it's almost espionage poetry, but there's also the straightforward word play that seems to come out of early childhood - often mixed in a rhizomic way with complex espionage techniques.’
    • ‘Now at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he solved the first of Tyler's cryptograms, which consisted of a long string of various typographic symbols.’
    • ‘He assumed that the symbols in the cryptogram were properly broken up into English words and proceeded from there, eventually using a computer to check for patterns and sort through various possibilities.’
    • ‘The games include crosswords, hangman and cryptogram.’
    symbols, signs, ciphers, code
  • 2A symbol or figure with secret or occult significance.

    ‘In his later years, he assembled a book of Biblical passages showing that his discoveries were a prelude to the Day of Judgment, and took to signing his name with an elaborate Christological cryptogram.’
    • ‘The inverted five-pointed star, or Cross of Malta is used as a cryptogram for Baphomet.’
    • ‘Bradley raised his arm and checked the tenderness of his forearm; four cryptograms were carved into his flesh.’



/ˈkriptəˌɡram/ /ˈkrɪptəˌɡræm/