see also: Crew
Pronunciation Noun

crew (plural crews)

  1. A group of people together
    1. (obsolete) Any company of people; an assemblage; a throng.
      • There a noble crew / Of lords and ladies stood on every side.
      • 1667, John Milton, “Book 4”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
        Faithful to whom? to thy rebellious crew?
    2. A group of people (often staff) manning and operating a large facility or piece of equipment such as a factory, ship, boat, airplane, or spacecraft.
      If you need help, please contact a member of the crew.
      The crews of the two ships got into a fight.
    3. A group of people working together on a task.
      The crews competed to cut the most timber.
    4. (arts) The group of workers on a dramatic production who are not part of the cast.
      There are a lot of carpenters in the crew!
      The crews for different movies would all come down to the bar at night.
    5. (informal, often derogatory) A close group of friends.
      I'd look out for that whole crew down at Jack's.
    6. (often derogatory) A set of individuals lumped together by the speaker.
      • 1861 William Weston Patton, (version of) John Brown's Body
        He captured Harper’s Ferry, with his nineteen men so few,
        And frightened "Old Virginny" till she trembled thru and thru;
        They hung him for a traitor, they themselves the traitor crew,
        But his soul is marching on.
    7. (Scouting) A group of Rovers.
    8. (slang, hip-hop) A hip-hop group
    9. (rowing) A rowing team manning a single shell.
  2. A person in a crew
    1. (plural: crew) A member of the crew of a vessel or plant.
      One crew died in the accident.
    2. (arts, plural: crew) A worker on a dramatic production who is not part of the cast.
      There were three actors and six crew on the set.
    3. (nautical, plural: crew) A member of a ship's company who is not an officer.
      The officers and crew assembled on the deck.
      There are quarters for three officers and five crew.
  3. (sports, rowing, US, uncountable) The sport of competitive rowing.
    • 1973, University of Virginia Undergraduate Record
      The University of Virginia belongs to the Atlantic Coast Conference and competes interscholastically in basketball, baseball, crew, cross country, fencing, football, golf, indoor track, lacrosse, polo, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, and wrestling.
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  • Russian: кома́нда
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crew (crews, present participle crewing; past and past participle crewed)

  1. (transitive and intransitive) To be a member of a vessel's crew
    We crewed together on a fishing boat last year.
    The ship was crewed by fifty sailors.
  2. To be a member of a work or production crew
    The film was crewed and directed by students.
  3. To supply workers or sailors for a crew
  4. (nautical) To do the proper work of a sailor
    The crewing of the vessel before the crash was deficient.
  5. (nautical) To take on, recruit (new) crew
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  1. (British, archaic) simple past tense of crow Made the characteristic sound of a rooster.
    It was still dark when the cock crew.

crew (plural crews)

  1. (British, dialectal) A pen for livestock such as chickens or pigs

crew (plural crews)

  1. The Manx shearwater.

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A male given name.

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