Definition of undercroft in English:

undercroft

noun

  • The crypt of a church.

    • ‘The monks' cells were articulated more as part of the walls than as spaces in their own right, and the undercroft feels like a service area.’
    • ‘The spatial result resembles a cathedral crypt or an undercroft, yet it is all above ground.’
    • ‘A note from visitor services manager Stephen Hemming accompanies the pass pointing out it does not include free access to the tower or the undercroft, although these are open free to residents at certain times of year.’
    • ‘Similar in style to the Louvre, each of its six buildings have external staircases and undercrofts (containing car parking and plant rooms) and more buildings are planned to be built on the site, pending business interest.’
    • ‘It costs extra to visit the tower, undercroft and crypt, but concessionary admission remained unchanged at £3.’
    • ‘Featured on this year's tour will be some of the city's less well known attractions especially 2 medieval undercrofts.’
    • ‘The main visible evidence of the abbey is a vaulted undercroft below the Great Hall.’
    • ‘The undercroft at Southwick Hall, although dating from the thirteenth century, is remarkably well preserved.’
    • ‘Water from the swollen river swamped the undercroft, containing the historic building's electricity and central heating systems, and also files and furnishings.’
    • ‘Two evaluation trenches have produced remains of castle walls, one with a doorway and steps leading down to an undercroft, as well as quantities of medieval pottery, clear glass from leaded windows and floor tiles.’
    • ‘The chapel undercroft dates from Langton, the chapel itself originally from c. 1230.’
    • ‘Around three times as many people are now taking guided tours, and visiting the undercroft, treasury and crypt.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from under- + the rare term croft ‘crypt’, from Middle Dutch crofte cave, from Latin crypta.

Pronunciation:

undercroft

/ˈʌndəkrɒft/