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



    BrE BrE//krest//
    ; NAmE NAmE//krest//
    Mountains and valleys, Parts of animals
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  1. 1[usually singular] crest (of something) the top part of a hill or wave surfers riding the crest of the wave See related entries: Mountains and valleys
  2. 2a design used as the symbol of a particular family, organization, etc., especially one that has a long history the university crest
  3. 3 a group of feathers that stand up on top of a bird’s head The male is recognizable by its yellow crest. See related entries: Parts of animals
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French creste, from Latin crista ‘tuft, plume’.Extra examples They are riding the crest of the wave at the moment. We finally reached the crest of the ridge. We stood on the crest of the hill. The family crest consists of a crown and an eight-pointed star.Idioms
    the crest of a/the wave
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    a situation in which somebody is very successful, happy, etc. They’ve been on the crest of the wave ever since their election victory.
    ride the crest of something
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    to enjoy great success or support because of a particular situation or event The band is riding the crest of its last tour.
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