- IPA: /kɹɛst/
crest (plural crests)
- The summit of a hill or mountain ridge.
- A tuft, or other natural ornament, growing on an animal's head, for example the comb of a cockerel, the swelling on the head of a snake, 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 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.
- (anatomy) A ridge along the surface of a bone.
- (informal) A design or logo, especially one of an institution, association or high-class family.
- Any of several birds in the family Regulidae, including the goldcrests and firecrests.
- French: crête
- German: Kamm, Haube, Krone
- Italian: cresta
- Portuguese: crista
- Russian: гре́бень
- Spanish: cresta
- French: huppe, aigrette
- Italian: cresta, cimiero
- Portuguese: pluma, crista
- Russian: плюма́ж
- Spanish: cresta, cimera
- French: cimier
- German: Helmzier, Zimir, Helmkleinod
- Italian: timbro, cimiero
- Portuguese: timbre
- Spanish: cimera
- Portuguese: elmo
- Russian: конёк
- Russian: гре́бень
crest (crests, present participle cresting; past and past participle crested)
- (intransitive) Particularly with reference to waves, to reach a peak.
- (transitive) To reach the crest of (a hill or mountain)
- To furnish with, or surmount as, a crest; to serve as a crest for.
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene ii]:
- His legs bestrid the ocean, his reared arm / Crested the world.
- groves of clouds that crest the mountain's brow
- To mark with lines or streaks like waving plumes.
- Like as the shining sky in summer's night, […] / Is crested with lines of fiery light.
- (military) Acronym of comparisons, reasons, examples, statistics, testimony: the five types of verbal support used to enhance an oral presentation.