(especially of an aircraft, ship, or spacecraft) operated by a crew on board.




a group of persons involved in a particular kind of work or working together: the crew of a train; a wrecking crew.
  1. the people who sail or operate a ship or boat.
  2. the common sailors of a ship's company.
  3. a particular gang of a ship's company.
the people who fly or operate an aircraft or spacecraft.
the team that rows a racing shell: varsity crew.
the sport of racing with racing shells: He went out for crew in his freshman year.
a company; crowd: He and his crew of friends filled the room.
any force or band of armed men.

verb (used with object)

to serve as a member of a crew on (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
to obtain or employ a crew for (a ship, aircraft, etc.).

verb (used without object)

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
Related formscrew·less, adjective

Usage note




a simple past tense of crow2. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun (sometimes functioning as plural)

the men who man a ship, boat, aircraft, etc
nautical a group of people assigned to a particular job or type of work
informal a gang, company, or crowd


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

Word Origin for crew

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




a past tense of crow 2
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Word Origin and History for crewed



mid-15c., "group of soldiers," from Middle French crue (Old French creue) "an increase, recruit, military reinforcement," from fem. past participle of creistre "grow," from Latin crescere "arise, grow" (see crescent). Meaning "people acting or working together" is first attested 1560s. "Gang of men on a warship" is from 1690s. Crew-cut first attested 1938, so called because the style originally was adopted by boat crews at Harvard and Yale.

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