Definition of crescent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkresnt//
    , also BrE//ˈkreznt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkresnt//
    The sun and the moon, Types of road
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  1. 1[countable] a curved shape that is wide in the middle and pointed at each end a crescent moon See related entries: The sun and the moon
  2. 2[countable] (often used in street names) a curved street with a row of houses on it I live at 7 Park Crescent. the city of Bath, with its elegant squares and crescents See related entries: Types of road
  3. 3the Crescent [singular] the curved shape that is used as a symbol of Islam see also Red Crescent
  4. Word Originlate Middle English cressant, from Old French creissant, from Latin crescere ‘grow’. The spelling change in the 17th century was due to the influence of the Latin.
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