Meaning of CREST in English


I. ˈkrest noun

Etymology: Middle English creste, from Anglo-French, from Latin crista; probably akin to Latin crinis hair

Date: 14th century


a. : 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


(1) : a heraldic representation of the crest

(2) : a heraldic device depicted above the escutcheon but not upon a helmet

(3) : coat of arms 2a

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: as

a. : peak ; especially : the top line of a mountain or hill

b. : the ridge of a roof

c. : the top of a wave


a. : a high point of an action or process and especially of one that is rhythmic

b. : climax , culmination

at the crest of his fame

• crest·al ˈkres-t ə l adjective

• crest·less -ləs adjective

II. verb

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to furnish with a crest ; also : crown

2. : to reach the crest of

crest ed the hill and looked around

intransitive verb

: to rise to a crest

waves crest ing in the storm

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.