Definition of cryptonym in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkriptəˌnim/


A code name.
Example sentences
  • In a few cases, I was asked to not use a cryptonym or to delete the name of a case officer or the country where he had served.
  • The new project had been given an official cryptonym for use in cable traffic: Henceforth it would be known as HARDNOSE.
  • One knew one's fellow students only by their cryptonyms and one did not ask them where they lived.



Pronunciation: /kripˈtänəməs/
Example sentences
  • One unnamed, cryptonymous administration source said the report has already been optioned to Hollywood for an undisclosed sum.
  • Mailer comes up with a truly ingenious plot device: Harvey assigns Harry to track down the cryptonymous C.I.A. file clerk who, as Harvey sees it, defied his authority; reluctantly, Harry must trail himself.


Late 19th century: from crypto- 'hidden' + Greek onuma 'name'.

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Syllabification: cryp·to·nym

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