verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to form or rise to a crest, as a wave or river.
to reach the crest or highest level: Interest in the project has crested.

Origin of crest

1275–1325; Middle English creste < Old French < Latin crista
Related formscrest·ed, adjectivecrest·less, adjectivesub·crest, nounun·crest·ed, adjectiveun·der·crest, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crest

Contemporary Examples of crest

Historical Examples of crest

  • Yet if help were brought us we might hold the crest until it comes.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • At the crest of it the woman halted and, turning, waved a handkerchief.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Just look here, though,' I said, as I showed him the crest on my watch and seal.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • The crest is a bubble, and really the effect produced by it is most ludicrous.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • While he had been on the crest of the island an idea had come to him.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for crest



a tuft or growth of feathers, fur, or skin along the top of the heads of some birds, reptiles, and other animals
something resembling or suggesting this
the top, highest point, or highest stage of something
a ridge on the neck of a horse, dog, lion, etc
the mane or hair growing from this ridge
an ornamental piece, such as a plume, on top of a helmet
heraldry a symbol of a family or office, usually representing a beast or bird, borne in addition to a coat of arms and used in medieval times to decorate the helmet
a ridge along the top of a roof, wall, etc
a ridge along the surface of a bone
Also called: cresting archery identifying rings painted around an arrow shaft


(intr) to come or rise to a high point
(tr) to lie at the top of; cap
(tr) to go to or reach the top of (a hill, wave, etc)
Derived Formscrested, adjectivecrestless, adjective

Word Origin for crest

C14: from Old French creste, from Latin crista



an electronic share-settlement system, created by the Bank of England and owned by 69 firms, that began operations in 1996

Word Origin for CREST

C20: from CrestCo, the name of the operating company
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Word Origin and History for crest

early 14c., from Old French creste "tuft, comb" (Modern French crête), from Latin crista "tuft, plume," perhaps related to word for "hair" (e.g. crinis), but it also was used for crest of a cock or a helmet. Replaced Old English hris.


late 14c., "provide with a crest," from Old French crester, from creste (see crest (n.)). Meaning "to come over the top of" is from 1832. Related: Crested; cresting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

crest in Medicine




A projection or ridge, especially of bone; cresta.
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crest in Science



The part of a wave with greatest magnitude; the highest part of a wave. Compare trough. See more at wave.
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