Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) a showy growth of e.g. feathers or skin on the head of a bird or other animal
  2. (noun, artifact) (heraldry) in medieval times, an emblem used to decorate a helmet
  3. (noun, artifact) the center of a cambered road
  4. (noun, location) the top line of a hill, mountain, or wave
  5. (noun, location) the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)
    they clambered to the tip of Monadnock
    the region is a few molecules wide at the summit
  6. (verb, motion) reach a high point
  7. (verb, stative) lie at the top of

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Crest

cap, crown, peak, summit, tip, top

Origin of the word Crest

  1. early 14c., from O.Fr. creste "tuft, comb," from L. crista "tuft, plume," perhaps related to word for "hair," but also used for crest of a cock or a helmet, replaced O.E. hris. Crestfallen (1580s) comes from cockfighting. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Note: If you're looking to improve your vocabulary right now, we highly recommend Ultimate Vocabulary Software.

Word of the Moment

Stained Glass

glass that has been colored in some way; used for church windows