The waning moon is an example of something that would be described as a crescent moon.
- A curved roll or bun.
- A residential street or part of a street.
- A curved pastry.
- A curved street, often presenting a continuous façade, as of row houses.
A curved French croissant is an example of something that is in the shape of a crescent.
A curved moon is an example of a crescent shape.
Other Word Forms
Origin of crescent
- Middle English cressaunt from Anglo-Norman variant of Old French creissant from present participle of creistre to grow from Latin crēscere ker-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Anglo-Norman cressaunt, from Old French creissant (“crescent of the moon”) (French croissant), from Latin crēscēns, present active participle of crēscō (“arise, thrive”), from Proto-Indo-European *ker (“to grow”). See Old Armenian սերիմ (serim, “be born”) and սերեմ (serem, “bring forth”), Ancient Greek κόρη (korē, “girl”) and κούρος (kouros, “boy”), Latin creare (“produce, create, bring forth”) and Ceres (“goddess of agriculture”).