A crest is a showy tuft of feathers on the head of a bird. It's easy to identify a male cardinal by its bright red color and the tufted crest on its head.

The Latin word crista, which crest comes from, means "tuft or comb." An animal's crest can be feathers, fur, skin, or a comb like a rooster's. Something that resembles such a feature can also be called a crest, such as a plume on an old-fashioned helmet. The top or highest part of something is also a crest, like the crest of a hill or the crest of a wave. As a verb, crest means "to reach the top" like when you crest a mountain.

Definitions of crest
  1. noun
    the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)
    synonyms: crown, peak, summit, tip, top
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    brow, hilltop
    the peak of a hill
    a lofty peak
    mountain peak
    the summit of a mountain
    type of:
    place, spot, topographic point
    a point located with respect to surface features of some region
  2. noun
    the top line of a hill, mountain, or wave
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    type of:
    a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
  3. noun
    the center of a cambered road
    synonyms: crown
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    type of:
    top, top side, upper side, upside
    the highest or uppermost side of anything
  4. verb
    reach a high point
    “The river crested last night”
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    type of:
    peak, top out
    to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity
  5. verb
    lie at the top of
    synonyms: cap
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    type of:
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  6. noun
    a showy growth of e.g. feathers or skin on the head of a bird or other animal
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    a bunch of feathers or hair
    showy crest or knot of hair or feathers
    cockscomb, comb, coxcomb
    the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
    type of:
    appendage, outgrowth, process
    a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant
  7. noun
    (heraldry) in medieval times, an emblem used to decorate a helmet
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    type of:
    emblem, icon
    special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
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