grotesque etymology

English word grotesque comes from Ancient Greek κρυπτόν, and later Latin crypta (Crypt; underground room for rites; vault.)

Detailed word origin of grotesque

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
κρυπτόν Ancient Greek (grc)
κρυπτή Ancient Greek (grc)
crypta Latin (lat) Crypt; underground room for rites; vault.
grupta Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
grupta Malayalam (mal)
grotta Italian (ita) Cave. Grotto.
grottesco Italian (ita) Grotesque.
grotesque Middle French (frm) Ornament. Small cave Farcical (ridiculous).
grotesque English (eng) (typography) sans serif.. Disgusting or otherwise viscerally reviling.. Distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous (typography) A sans serif typeface.. A style of ornamentation characterized by fanciful combinations of intertwined forms.. Anything grotesque.