|crescent (ˈkrɛsənt, -zənt)|
|1.||the biconcave shape of the moon in its first or last quarters|
|2.||any shape or object resembling this|
|a. a crescent-shaped street, often lined with houses of the same style|
|b. (capital when part of a name): Pelham Crescent|
|4.||heraldry a crescent moon, used as the cadency mark of a second son|
|5.||(often capital) the crescent|
|a. the emblem of Islam or Turkey|
|b. Islamic or Turkish power|
|6.||archaic, poetic or increasing or growing|
|[C14: from Latin crescēns increasing, from crescere to grow]|
crescent cres·cent (krěs'ənt)
Something having concave and convex edges terminating in points. adj.
political, military, and religious emblem of the Byzantine and Turkish empires and, later and more generally, of all Islamic countries.
Learn more about crescent with a free trial on Britannica.com.