- The definition of a crest is something that is located at the top of something or someone or a symbol of a family name.
- An example of crest is the comb on a rooster's head.
- An example of crest is Mount Lyell in Yosemite.
- An example of crest is feathers in the top of a medieval helmet.
- Crest is defined as to reach the highest point of something.
An example of crest is water reaching its highest level in a stream.
- any process or growth on the head of an animal, as a comb or feathered tuft on certain birds
- a plume or emblem, formerly worn on a helmet
- a helmet or its apex
- a heraldic device placed above the shield in a coat of arms, or used separately on seals, silverware, note paper, etc.
- the top of anything, or the line or surface along the top; summit; ridge: the crest of a wave, a mountain crest
- the highest point, level, degree, etc.
- the ridge of the neck of a horse, lion, etc.
- the mane growing on this
- a projecting ridge, as along a bone
Origin of crestMiddle English creste ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin crista, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kreis-, to shake from source Middle Irish cressaim, I shake, Old Norse hrista, to shake
- to provide or decorate with a crest
- to lie at the top of; crown
- to reach the crest of
- to form a crest, as a wave
- to reach its highest level: the flooding river crested at 30 feet
- a. A usually ornamental tuft, ridge, or similar projection on the head of a bird or other animal.b. An elevated, irregularly toothed ridge on the stigmas of certain flowers.c. A ridge or an appendage on a plant part, such as on a leaf or petal.
- a. A plume used as decoration on top of a helmet.b. A helmet.
- a. Heraldry A device placed above the shield on a coat of arms.b. A representation of such a device.
- a. The top, as of a hill or wave.b. The highest or culminating point; the peak: the crest of a flood; at the crest of her career.
- The ridge on a roof.
verbcrest·ed, crest·ing, crests
- To decorate or furnish with a crest.
- To reach the crest of: crested the ridge.
- To form into a crest or crests: waves cresting over the seawall.
- To reach a crest: The swollen river crested at 9:15.
Origin of crestMiddle English creste, from Old French, from Latin crista; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A tuft, or other excrescence or natural ornament, growing on an animal's head; the comb of a cock; the swelling on the head of a serpent; the lengthened feathers of the crown or nape of bird, etc.
- The plume of feathers, or other decoration, worn on or displayed on a helmet; the distinctive ornament of a helmet.
- (heraldry): A bearing worn, not upon the shield, but usually on a helmet above it, sometimes (as for clerics) separately above the shield or separately as a mark for plate, in letterheads, and the like.
- The upper curve of a horse's neck.
- The ridge or top of a wave.
- The summit of a hill or mountain ridge.
- The helm or head, as typical of a high spirit; pride; courage.
- The ornamental finishing which surmounts the ridge of a roof, canopy, etc.
- The top line of a slope or embankment.
- A design or logo, especially one of an institution, association or high-class family.
(third-person singular simple present crests, present participle cresting, simple past and past participle crested)
- Particularly with reference to waves, to reach a peak.
- To furnish with, or surmount as, a crest; to serve as a crest for.
- To mark with lines or streaks like waving plumes.