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

Examples of crest in a Sentence


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


We crested the hill and looked out around us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

By nightfall, some protesters had defaced a crest of the Chinese government at the liaison office with eggs and black ink, and had sprayed the building’s exterior with graffiti. Mike Ives,, "Police fire tear gas and rubber bullets in Hong Kong as protesters target Chinese office," 21 July 2019 By nightfall, some protesters had defaced a crest of the Chinese government at the liaison office with eggs and black ink, and had sprayed the building’s exterior with graffiti. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets; Protesters Target Beijing’s Office," 14 July 2019 Forecast now call for the maximum crest at 17 feet, two feet lower than earlier forecasts and three feet below the 20 foot height of the levees’ lowest points. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "Louisiana braces for heavy rain and winds as Barry encroaches on Gulf Coast," 13 July 2019 The Mississippi is expected to crest Saturday at about 19 feet in New Orleans, where the levees protecting the city range from about 20 to 25 feet in height. Janet Mcconnaughey,, "Tropical Storm Barry begins bashing Louisiana, threatening disastrous flooding," 12 July 2019 Had to drive all the way to Tahoe to get over the crest. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "June kaboom? Thunder, lightning, hail enliven final days of spring in the Sierra," 18 June 2019 The crest at the top of the invitations signifies who paid for the wedding. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Comparing Royal Family Wedding Invitations Through the Years," 16 Sep. 2018 Augusta National is nestled in a hollow, from the crest at the 18th green to the basin of Rae’s Creek, just in front of the 12th green. Stephanie Apstein,, "At Augusta, Tiger Woods Was Caught Between Being a Star and an Elder Statesman," 8 Apr. 2018 The clouds mysteriously formed perfect crests, as if the sea had floated up to the atmosphere. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Mesmerizing wave-like clouds spotted over mountain in Virginia," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With all the rain, the Mississippi River is expected to crest at 19 feet, just a foot below the top of the levees. CBS News, "In Louisiana town in the Gulf of Mexico, some flee storm and others "ride it out"," 12 July 2019 Mississippi River climbs closer to the top of the New Orleans levees 👀👀👀 River up a half-foot from yesterday to 16.8 feet above sea level ... still expected to crest at 19 feet Saturday from Tropical Storm Barry's surge. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Gov. Greg Abbott offers state resources to Louisiana as Tropical Storm Barry nears landfall," 12 July 2019 Portland temperatures are expected to crest near 95 on Tuesday and 96 on Wednesday, according to the weather service., "Heat advisory issued: Blazing-hot temperatures in store for Tuesday, Wednesday," 10 June 2019 In New Orleans, the river is expected to crest at 16.7 feet on June 20 and still be at 16.6 feet on July 4, the last day of the forecast. Mark Schleifstein,, "Morganza Spillway opening delayed indefinitely," 6 June 2019 The river is expected to crest in St. Louis on Thursday, and flooding throughout the Mississippi's tributaries has already breached a number of levees in Arkansas and Missouri. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Photos and videos from devastating Midwestern floods," 5 June 2019 Taiwanese officials as high as President Tsai Ing-wen have openly backed the Hong Kong protests that began June 6 and crested at as many as 2 million people Sunday. Ralph Jennings,, "How an obscure Taiwan murder case led to Hong Kong’s mega-protests," 19 June 2019 Harrison said, referring to the last time Arkansas experienced significant flooding The Arkansas river crested just shy of 51 feet on June 6 and has been receding slowly. Fox News, "Arkansas residents assess damage after historic flooding, shift focus to rebuilding," 10 June 2019 Sunday was mild, with plenty of sun, a steady breeze, and a high that crested at 80 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Lucas Phillips,, "A mild week is expected with high temperatures in the 70s and 80s," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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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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