noun \ˈkrest\

: the highest part or point of something (such as a hill or wave)

: a group of decorative feathers at the top of a bird's head; also : a decorative bunch of hair on the head of another animal

: a special symbol used especially in the past to represent a family, group, or organization

Full Definition of CREST

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
:  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
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 \ˈkres-təl\ adjective
crest·less \-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

Other Heraldry Terms

blazon, cachet, couchant, dormant, escutcheon, potent, standard, totem



: to reach the highest part or point of (a mountain, wave, etc.)

: to rise to a high level before going back down

Full Definition of CREST

transitive verb
:  to furnish with a crest; also :  crown
:  to reach the crest of <crested the hill and looked around>
intransitive verb
:  to rise to a crest <waves cresting in the storm>

Examples of CREST

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

First Known Use of CREST

15th century


noun \ˈkrest\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CREST

: a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird
: a process or prominence on a part of an animal body: as a : the upper curve or ridge of the neck of a quadruped (as a horse); also : the mane borne on such a crest b : a ridge especially on a bone <the crest of the tibia>—see frontal crest, occipital crest

Illustration of CREST


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