\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Definition of crest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 (see escutcheon sense 1) but not upon a helmet
d : a ridge or prominence on a part of an animal body
2 : something suggesting a crest especially in being an upper prominence, edge, or limit: such as
a : peak especially : the top line of a mountain or hill
b : the ridge of a roof
c : the top of a wave
3a : a high point of an action or process and especially of one that is rhythmic
b : climax, culmination at the crest of his fame


crested; cresting; crests

Definition of crest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a crest also : crown
2 : to reach the crest of crested the hill and looked around

intransitive verb

: to rise to a crest waves cresting in the storm

Other Words from crest


crestal \ ˈkre-​stᵊl How to pronounce crest (audio) \ adjective
crestless \ ˈkrest-​ləs How to pronounce crest (audio) \ adjective

Examples of crest in a Sentence

Noun at that point the filmmaker was at the crest of his critical acclaim, which included winning an Oscar for best picture the hiking party reached the crest of the mountain just as it began to thunder Verb We crested the hill and looked out around us.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fountain Hall, originally named Stone Hall, was built in 1882 by Atlanta University on the crest of Diamond Hill, one of the highest points in the city. Ernie Suggs, ajc, 16 Sep. 2022 Early in 1857, while riding on the crest of her popularity and to get herself out of debt, Seacole sat down to write her memoirs in an attic room in Soho Square in London. Helen Rappaport, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Sep. 2022 Situated on the crest of a hill, it was frequented by artists like Picasso, Miró and Matisse, whose paintings hang in the Café de la Place, a small restaurant attached to La’Colombe d’Or. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 29 July 2022 Businesses need now, more than ever, to adopt agile methodologies to stay on the crest of a wave. Dmytro Lazarchuk, Forbes, 3 June 2022 The Utah Warriors want to be on the crest of that wave. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 May 2022 At the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community in Maine, which comprises a row of white and brick buildings couched on the crest of a gently rising hill, such a life is very real, though anything but simple. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2022 Head up and over the crest of the Peru Peak Wilderness. Kristin Smith, Outside Online, 31 Aug. 2022 The National Weather Service illustrates here how the water level is rising, showing the crest is right at the major flood level stage. Jay Croft, CNN, 26 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Daytime highs in the St. Louis metro will crest around 100 degrees each day through Thursday, but the nighttime lows are equally problematic. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 5 July 2022 The Pearl River is expected to crest at 35.5 feet, just shy of the major flood stage level of 36 feet. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 31 Aug. 2022 Officials say the state's Pearl River is predicted to crest at 35.5 feet this morning, lower than previously anticipated but still high enough to flood streets. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 29 Aug. 2022 It is expected to crest at 36 feet on Monday, August 29th in Jackson. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 29 Aug. 2022 That leaves Juanico, who is 66 years old and now can barely crest the slope at her ancestral home overlooking bluffs where explosions once raged without becoming short of breath, concerned for her own health. Eli Cahan, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2022 Waves in Orange County could reach up to 7 feet this weekend, while Los Angeles County waves are expected to crest at around 5 or 6 feet, officials said. Grace Tooheystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2022 The Little Su at the Parks Highway in Houston rose into moderate flood stage at 1 p.m. Tuesday with water levels expected to crest Tuesday night. Anchorage Daily News, 10 Aug. 2022 But some waterways were not expected to crest until today. Arkansas Online, 31 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of crest


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crest

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of crest was in the 14th century

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24 Sep 2022

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“Crest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for crest


\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Kids Definition of crest

1 : a showy growth (as of flesh or feathers) on the head of an animal
2 : the highest part or point of something the crest of the wave the crest of a hill
3 : an emblem or design used to represent a family, group, or organization

Other Words from crest

crested \ ˈkres-​təd \ adjective


\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Medical Definition of crest

1 : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird
2 : 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

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