[ krev-is ]
/ ˈkrɛv ɪs /


a crack forming an opening; cleft; rift; fissure.

Nearby words

  1. creutzfeldt-jakob disease,
  2. crevalle,
  3. crevalle jack,
  4. crevasse,
  5. creve coeur,
  6. crevicular,
  7. crew,
  8. crew chief,
  9. crew cut,
  10. crew neck

Origin of crevice

1300–50; Middle English crevace < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to crev(er) to crack (< Latin crepāre) + -ace noun suffix

Related formscrev·iced, adjective

Can be confusedcrevice crevasse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crevice


/ (ˈkrɛvɪs) /


a narrow fissure or crack; split; cleft

Word Origin for crevice

C14: from Old French crevace, from crever to burst, from Latin crepāre to crack

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Word Origin and History for crevice



mid-14c., from Old French crevace (12c., Modern French crevasse) "gap, rift, crack" (also, vulgarly, "the female pudenda"), from Vulgar Latin *crepacia, from Latin crepare "to crack, creak;" meaning shifted from the sound of breaking to the resulting fissure.

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Medicine definitions for crevice


[ krĕvĭs ]


A narrow crack, fissure, or cleft.

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