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crest

noun \ ˈkrest \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of crest

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 (see escutcheon 1) but not upon a helmet
(3) :coat of arms 2a
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
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

crestal

play \ˈkre-stᵊl\ adjective

crestless

play \ˈkrest-ləs\ adjective

Examples of crest in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of crest

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


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crest

verb

Definition of crest

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

Examples of crest in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of crest

see 1crest


CREST Defined for Kids

crest

noun \ ˈkrest \

Definition of crest for Students

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

crested

\ˈkres-təd\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

crest

noun \ ˈkrest \

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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