A bird's crest.



  • The summit of a hill or mountain ridge.
  • A tuft, or other natural ornament, growing on an animal's head, for example the comb of a cockerel, the swelling on the head of a snake, the lengthened feathers of the crown or nape of bird, etc.
  • The plume of feathers, or other decoration, worn on or displayed on a helmet; the distinctive ornament of a helmet.
  • A bearing worn, not upon the shield, but usually on a helmet above it, sometimes (as for clerics) separately above the shield or separately as a mark for plate, in letterheads, and the like.
  • The upper curve of a horse's neck.
  • The ridge or top of a wave.
  • The helm or head, as typical of a high spirit; pride; courage.
  • The ornamental finishing which surmounts the ridge of a roof, canopy, etc.
  • The top line of a slope or embankment.
  • A ridge along the surface of a bone.
  • A design or logo, especially one of an institution, association or high-class family.
  • Any of several birds in the family Regulidae, including the goldcrests and firecrests.


  • Particularly with reference to waves, to reach a peak.
  • To reach the crest of (a hill or mountain)
  • To furnish with, or surmount as, a crest; to serve as a crest for.
  • To mark with lines or streaks like waving plumes.


Similar words


  • From Middle English creste, borrowed from Old French creste (modern crĂȘte), from Latin crista. crista.

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