\ 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 Saturday night’s home loss to Houston, though, represented a crest of sorts — the start of a stretch in which the Mavericks will play 13 of 17 games at home. Dallas News, "Mavericks look to conquer struggles at AAC ahead of dense home scheduling stretch," 25 Jan. 2021 Today, there are 90 rooms and suites in four buildings, including in the main building with its wide veranda at the crest of a sloop above Lake Dora. John Cutter,, "Mount Dora’s Lakeside Inn marks 10 years under new owners," 13 Dec. 2020 An industry at the crest of a hugely profitable decade has plummeted off a cliff, with Pollstar estimating $9 billion in losses for 2020 alone. Los Angeles Times, "The year the music died," 11 Dec. 2020 Humphrey preceded the crest of the Baltimore’s COVID-19 outbreak, spending Nov. 3 through Nov. 11 on reserve/COVID-19. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Marlon Humphrey, Ravens put ‘corona’ behind them," 15 Jan. 2021 On a clear day, from the 17th-century La Popa Convent on the crest of a 500-foot hill, the view of Cartagena can trigger mild vertigo. New York Times, "How to Pretend You’re in Cartagena Today," 5 Jan. 2021 Passengers will also scale an 80-foot-tall top-hat tower (so named because of its steep rise, short crest and steep drop). Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Most-anticipated roller coasters of 2021 at Universal Orlando, on a Carnival cruise ship and more," 22 Dec. 2020 The way their heads crest and fall, while shaking their flightless bodies to do the conga! Wired Staff, Wired, "The Best TikToks of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 Cinnamon sticks, tallow berry and acorns, which are part of the Vanderbilt family crest, are used throughout the Biltmore House. Virginia Brown, Washington Post, "Seven ways to elevate your holiday decorating, according to the pros at Biltmore," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hospitalizations continued to crest: There were 7,697 COVID-19 patients in L.A. County hospitals as of Saturday, according to data released by the state Sunday, an increase of 783 people from the Saturday before. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "Residents’ complaints about traffic temporarily closed Dodger Stadium COVID testing site. It reopens Monday," 3 Jan. 2021 The second wave, which began to crest in December, is a different story. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "The Fight Over Britain’s Pandemic Myth," 26 Jan. 2021 Barents died in 1597, after his ship became trapped in ice during an attempt to crest the top of the world and find a trade route to China. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 18 Jan. 2021 Most rivers should crest by the afternoon and then recede. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday weather: Early showers, then partly sunny; rivers cresting," 13 Jan. 2021 Dozens of the birds crest the ridges alone, in pairs, strung out in groups that punctuate the sky like ellipses. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Remembering Sherry Simpson and her gift of keen observation," 21 Nov. 2020 Escalade trim levels that start over $100,000, and even the lower trims can crest the six-figure mark with options. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Almost Half of 2021 Cadillac Escalades Have Sold for over $100K," 5 Jan. 2021 Johnson Creek is forecast to crest below flood stage Sunday afternoon. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "Portland metro Sunday weather: Downpours continue, some rivers face flood risk," 20 Dec. 2020 Many experts have predicted that a new coronavirus wave could crest as colder temperatures push people inside and families and friends gather to celebrate. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "Halloween a do-or-die moment in California fight against fall COVID-19 wave," 31 Oct. 2020

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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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20 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Crest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 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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