crow's nest

noun

Definition of crow's nest

: a partly enclosed platform high on a ship's mast for use as a lookout; also : a similar lookout (as for traffic control)

First Known Use of crow's nest

1818

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

CROW'S NEST Defined for English Language Learners

crow's nest

Definition of crow's nest for English Language Learners

  • : a platform with short walls that is high on a ship's mast and from which you can see things (such as land and other ships) that are far away


CROW'S NEST Defined for Kids

crow's nest

noun

Definition of crow's nest for Students

: a partly enclosed place to stand high on the mast of a ship for use as a lookout

Learn More about crow's nest


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up crow's nest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

unwilling or reluctant

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks Quiz

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!