Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: creste, from Latin crista


1 noun
crest1 [countable]
1 the top or highest point of something such as a hill or a wave
crest of
It took us over an hour to reach the crest of the hill.
2 a special picture that is used as a sign of a family, town, school, or organization [↪ coat of arms]
3HBBHBA a group of feathers that stick up on the top of a bird's head:
exotic birds with colourful crests
4PMA a decoration of long bright feathers that soldiers wore in the past on top of their hats

be on/riding the crest of a wave

to be very successful:
a young film director who is on the crest of a wave at the moment

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