\ 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

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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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That wave, fueled by more contagious variants and less business restrictions, is still expected to be less severe than the winter crest thanks to growing vaccinations. oregonlive, "Which 10 Oregon ZIP codes had most new coronavirus cases last week?," 3 Apr. 2021 Irving makes the 12-mile hike to the cabin each year, traversing a high crest along the Mogollon Mountains that ranges in altitude from 9,000 to 10,000 feet. Dina Gachman, Smithsonian Magazine, "The History of Lady Lookouts," 29 Mar. 2021 The Dynamo shirt has a black collar and sleeves with silver piping and a hexagonal-weave material that plays off the team's new crest. Matt Young, Chron, "A look at the new Dash, Dynamo jerseys for 2021 season," 4 Mar. 2021 The club’s colors, crest and kit design will be announced this summer…. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer newsletter: MLS players begin reporting to training camp," 2 Mar. 2021 The collection includes three classic pieces featuring The Carlyle's logo and crest: two crewneck sweatshirts and a baseball cap, all made from 100% cotton. Travel + Leisure, "This Iconic New York Hotel Just Released the Most Chic Merchandise," 1 Mar. 2021 Sheldon said the club will announce the new crest and identity by midyear, understanding production timelines. Michael Loré, Forbes, "Chicago Fire FC Reinventing Its Identity With Help Of Fan-Focused Crest Project," 26 Feb. 2021 Brazen development is common to the sprawling area, but this plan is singular: a mega-mansion gated community, hundreds of thousands of square feet, on a crest so steep that equipment must be brought by helicopter. New York Times, "The Fight for Franklin Canyon," 26 Feb. 2021 Look for gold ribbons around the turrets and a special crest plus lighting enhancements on Spaceship Earth at Epcot, on the Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and for the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney World at 50: Looking back at Cinderella Castle’s royal moments," 24 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The National Weather Service predicts rain will fall Sunday in Portland, mainly after 11 a.m. Up to a quarter-inch of rain could fall, and temperatures will crest near 55 degrees. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Portland metro Sunday weather: Rain, wind expected," 28 Mar. 2021 Kentucky likely won't see rain for six days, however, so after the rivers crest, they are expected to slowly recede through the weekend into early next week. Max Golembo, ABC News, "Hail and snow hit Southern California, Northeast sees another cold blast," 4 Mar. 2021 It is forecasted to crest at 60.3 feet Saturday, Steve said. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, "Flood warning issued in Louisville as Ohio River continues to climb," 2 Mar. 2021 It is expected to crest late Wednesday into Thursday morning. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Search suspended for 6-year-old James Hutchinson due to high river levels," 4 Mar. 2021 Heavy rains caused the water in the Kaupakalua Dam in Haiku to crest early Monday, putting it in imminent danger of failure, officials said. Deanna Hackney, CNN, "Evacuations ordered in parts of Hawaii's Maui after homes damaged in heavy rainfall and officials worry about dam failure," 9 Mar. 2021 The McAlpine Lock and Dam's upper and lower gauges reached flood stage Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, and the river is expected to crest there Saturday. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, "Here's the latest on Ohio River flooding in Louisville and impacted roads," 5 Mar. 2021 The river is expected to crest at 56.6 feet sometime Thursday morning, and then fall below flood stage early Saturday afternoon. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati weather: Ohio River reaches moderate flood stage, highest level since 2019," 4 Mar. 2021 The Kentucky and Ohio rivers will continue to rise for the next 24 to 48 hours and will crest either Friday afternoon or night. Max Golembo, ABC News, "Hail and snow hit Southern California, Northeast sees another cold blast," 4 Mar. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Crest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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