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  1. a group of persons involved in a particular kind of work or working together: the crew of a train; a wrecking crew.

  2. Nautical.

    • the people who sail or operate a ship or boat.

    • the common sailors of a ship's company.

    • a particular gang of a ship's company.

  1. the people who fly or operate an aircraft or spacecraft.

  2. the team that rows a racing shell: varsity crew.

  3. the sport of racing with racing shells: He went out for crew in his freshman year.

  4. a company; crowd: He and his crew of friends filled the room.

  5. any force or band of armed men.

verb (used with object)
  1. to serve as a member of a crew on (a ship, aircraft, etc.).

  2. to obtain or employ a crew for (a ship, aircraft, etc.).

verb (used without object)
  1. to serve as a member of a crew.

Origin of crew

1425–75; late Middle English crewe augmentation, hence reinforcements, body of soldiers <Middle French creue, literally, increase, noun use of feminine of Old French creu, past participle of creistre to grow <Latin crēscere;see crescent

Grammar notes for crew

Other words from crew

  • crewless, adjective

Words Nearby crew

Other definitions for crew (2 of 2)

[ kroo ]

  1. a simple past tense of crow2. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use crew in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for crew (1 of 2)


/ (kruː) /

noun(sometimes functioning as plural)
  1. the men who man a ship, boat, aircraft, etc

  2. nautical a group of people assigned to a particular job or type of work

  1. informal a gang, company, or crowd

  1. to serve on (a ship) as a member of the crew

Origin of crew

C15 crue (military) reinforcement, from Old French creue augmentation, from Old French creistre to increase, from Latin crescere

British Dictionary definitions for crew (2 of 2)


/ (kruː) /

  1. a past tense of crow 2

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