- a large number of persons gathered closely together; throng: a crowd of angry people.
- any large number of persons.
- any group or set of persons with something in common: The restaurant attracts a theater crowd.
- audience; attendance: Opening night drew a good crowd.
- the common people; the masses: He feels superior to the crowd.
- a large number of things gathered or considered together.
- Sociology. a temporary gathering of people responding to common stimuli and engaged in any of various forms of collective behavior.
- to gather in large numbers; throng; swarm.
- to press forward; advance by pushing.
- to press closely together; force into a confined space; cram: to crowd clothes into a suitcase.
- to push; shove.
- to fill to excess; fill by pressing or thronging into.
- to place under pressure or stress by constant solicitation: to crowd a debtor for payment; to crowd someone with embarrassing questions.
- crowd on sail, Nautical. to carry a press of sail.
Origin of crowd1
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- an ancient Celtic musical instrument with the strings stretched over a rectangular frame, played with a bow.
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Examples from the Web for crowd
As he tried to make his way through a crowd of mourners late last month, he looked preoccupied and even disoriented.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq
January 6, 2015
But when I look out over the crowd now, I also see that they are trapped—trapped by their cowardice.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
“Now they will definitely lock Navalny in prison,” one of the women in the crowd said.Russia’s Rebel In Chief Escapes House Arrest
December 30, 2014
One guy hams it up as Juliet, blonde wig and all, as a crowd gathers, delighted by the impromptu performance.Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
“He is borrowing my voice to tell you this story,” she told the crowd.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
The crowd surged about the ticker, and their voices came as from afar.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
This was responded to by a roar of satisfaction from the crowd below.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
At Gawler we were received by a crowd of people, and flags were flying to do us honour.Explorations in Australia
The address to the crowd at the Capitol was broadcast on a loudspeaker.
It had been vaguely present in his mind when he faced the crowd at Martindale, he remembered now.Way of the Lawless
- a large number of things or people gathered or considered together
- a particular group of people, esp considered as a social or business setthe crowd from the office
- the crowdthe common people; the masses
- (as modifier)crowd ideas
- follow the crowd to conform with the majority
- (intr) to gather together in large numbers; throng
- (tr) to press together into a confined space
- (tr) to fill to excess; fill by pushing into
- (tr) informal to urge or harass by urging
- crowd on sail nautical to hoist as much sail as possible
- music an ancient bowed stringed instrument; crwth
Word Origin and History for crowd
Old English crudan "to press, crush." Cognate with Middle Dutch cruden "to press, push," Middle High German kroten "to press, oppress," Norwegian kryda "to crowd." Related: Crowded; crowding.
Idioms and Phrases with crowd
see follow the crowd; three's a crowd.