- The definition of a crew is a group of people working together, usually under a leader.
- An example of a crew is the people hired to repair a road.
- An example of a crew is the staff on a cruise ship.
- Crew is defined as a sport of racing boats with oars, also called rowing.
An example of crew is the sport someone participates in if they row long boats in competition.
- a group of people associating or classed together; company, set, gang, etc.
- a group of people working together, usually under the direction of a foreman or leader: a road crew, gun crew
- all of a ship's personnel, usually excepting the officers
- on a small sailboat, the person or persons who assist the helmsman, as by handling the sails
- a rowing team for a racing shell, usually of two, four, six, or eight oarsmen with or without a coxswain
- the sport of rowing racing shells
- Archaic an organized band of armed men
Origin of crewMiddle English creue, increase, growth from Old French from past participle of creistre, to grow from Classical Latin crescere: see crescent
- a. A group of people working together; a gang: a crew of stagehands.b. Slang A group of people, especially friends or associates.
- a. All personnel operating or serving aboard a ship.b. All of a ship's personnel except the officers.c. All personnel operating or serving aboard an aircraft in flight.
- Sports a. A team of rowers, as of a racing shell.b. The sport of rowing.
verbcrewed, crew·ing, crews
Origin of crewMiddle English creue military reinforcement from Old French increase from feminine past participle of creistre to grow from Latin crēscere ; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A group of people (often staff) manning and operating a large facility or piece of equipment such as a factory, ship, boat, or airplane
- If you need help, please contact a member of the crew.
- The crews of the two ships got into a fight.
- (plural: crew) A member of the crew of a vessel or plant
- One crew died in the accident.
- Faithful to whom? to thy rebellious crew?
- (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.
- (art) 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.
- (art, 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.
- A group of people working together on a task
- The crews competed to cut the most timber.
- (informal, often derogatory) A close group of friends
- I'd look out for that whole crew down at Jack's.
- (often derogatory) A set of individuals lumped together by the speaker
- (slang, hip-hop) A hip-hop group
- (sports, rowing, uncountable) The sport of competitive rowing.
- (rowing) A rowing team manning a single shell.
(third-person singular simple present crews, present participle crewing, simple past and past participle crewed)
- ( 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.
- To be a member of a work or production crew
- The film was crewed and directed by students.
- To supply workers or sailors for a crew
- (nautical) To do the proper work of a sailor
- The crewing of the vessel before the crash was deficient.
- (nautical) To take on, recruit (new) crew
from Middle English, from Old French creue (“an increase, recruit, military reinforcement”), the feminine past participle of creistre (“grow”), from Latin crescere (“to arise, grow”)
- (UK, dialectal) A pen for livestock such as chickens or pigs
Probably of Brythonic origin.
- The Manx shearwater.