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noun \ˈkrest\

Definition of crest

  1. 1 a :  a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird — see bird illustration b :  the plume or identifying emblem worn on a knight's helmet; also :  the top of a helmet c (1) :  a heraldic representation of the crest (2) :  a heraldic device depicted above the escutcheon but not upon a helmet (3) :  coat of arms 2a d :  a ridge or prominence on a part of an animal body

  2. 2 :  something suggesting a crest especially in being an upper prominence, edge, or limit: as a :  peak; especially :  the top line of a mountain or hill b :  the ridge of a roof c :  the top of a wave

  3. 3 a :  a high point of an action or process and especially of one that is rhythmic b :  climax, culmination <at the crest of his fame>

crest·al play \ˈkres-təl\ adjective
crest·less play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of crest

  1. <at that point the filmmaker was at the crest of his critical acclaim, which included winning an Oscar>

  2. <the hiking party reached the crest of the mountain just as it began to thunder>

Origin of crest

Middle English creste, from Anglo-French, from Latin crista; probably akin to Latin crinis hair

First Known Use: 14th century




Definition of crest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish with a crest; also :  crown

  3. 2 :  to reach the crest of <crested the hill and looked around>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to rise to a crest <waves cresting in the storm>

Examples of crest

  1. We crested the hill and looked out around us.

15th Century

First Known Use of crest

15th century

CREST Defined for Kids


noun \ˈkrest\

Definition of crest

  1. 1 :  a showy growth (as of flesh or feathers) on the head of an animal

  2. 2 :  the highest part or point of something <the crest of the wave> <the crest of a hill>

  3. 3 :  an emblem or design used to represent a family, group, or organization

crest·ed \ˈkres-təd\ adjective

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈkrest\

Medical Definition of crest

  1. 1:  a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird

  2. 2:  a process or prominence on a part of an animal body: asa:  the upper curve or ridge of the neck of a quadruped (as a horse); also :  the mane borne on such a crestb:  a ridge especially on a bone <the crest of the tibia>—see frontal crest, occipital crest

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February 8, 2016

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