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Definition of Crescent


  1. The increasing moon; the moon in her first quarter, or when defined by a concave and a convex edge; also, applied improperly to the old or decreasing moon in a like state.
  2. Anything having the shape of a crescent or new moon.
  3. A representation of the increasing moon, often used as an emblem or badge
  4. A symbol of Artemis, or Diana.
  5. The ancient symbol of Byzantium or Constantinople.
  6. The emblem of the Turkish Empire, adopted after the taking of Constantinople.
  7. Any one of three orders of knighthood; the first instituted by Charles I., king of Naples and Sicily, in 1268; the second by Rene of Anjou, in 1448; and the third by the Sultan Selim III., in 1801, to be conferred upon foreigners to whom Turkey might be indebted for valuable services.
  8. The emblem of the increasing moon with horns directed upward, when used in a coat of arms; -- often used as a mark of cadency to distinguish a second son and his descendants.
  9. Shaped like a crescent.
  10. Increasing; growing.
  11. To form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent.
  12. To adorn with crescents.

Crescent Translations

crescent in French is croissant
crescent in German is Mondsichel
crescent in Italian is mezza luna