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Definition of "crest" [crest]

  • A usually ornamental tuft, ridge, or similar projection on the head of a bird or other animal. (noun)
  • An elevated, irregularly toothed ridge on the stigmas of certain flowers. (noun)
  • A ridge or an appendage on a plant part, such as on a leaf or petal. (noun)
  • A plume used as decoration on top of a helmet. (noun)
  • A helmet. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "crest" in a sentence
  • "• In a story about the new coat of arms commissioned by Kate Middleton's family, the term crest was used as a synonym for coat of arms."
  • "What happens can be likened to Sisyphus´ endlessly rolling his stone up the slope, but in this case finding that the slope beyond the crest is also an uphill one."
  • "To the east his eyes, leaping the miles between range and range and between many ranges, brought up at last against the white-peaked Sierras — the main crest, where the backbone of the Western world reared itself against the sky."