(n. pl.) Specif.: Certain writings which are received by some Christians as an authentic part of the Holy Scriptures, but are rejected by others.
(n. pl.) Something, as a writing, that is of doubtful authorship or authority; - formerly used also adjectively.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Apocrypha'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/a/apocrypha.html. 1828.