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definition of the word crew

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from Middle English, from Old French creue (an increase, recruit, military reinforcement), from feminine plural of creistre (grow), from Latin cresco (to arise, grow)

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Singular
crew

Plural
crews

crew (plural crews)

  1. A group of people 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.
  2. (plural: crew) A member of the crew of a vessel or plant
    One crew died in the accident.
  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.
  4. (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.
  5. (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.
  6. A group of people working together on a task
    The crews competed to cut the most timber.
  7. (informal, often derogatory) A close group of friends
    I'd look out for that whole crew down at Jack's.
  8. (often derogatory) A set of individuals lumped together by the speaker
    • 1950, Bernard Nicholas Schilling, Conservative England and the Case Against Voltaire[1], page 266:  
      Malignant principles bear fruit in kind and the Revolution did no more than practice what men had been taught by the abandoned crew of philosophers.
  9. (slang, hip-hop) A hip-hop group
    • 2003, Jennifer Guglielmo & Salvatore Salerno, Are Italians White?[2], ISBN 0415934508, page 150:  
      We decided we needed another rapper in the crew and spent months looking.
  10. (sports) The sport of competitive rowing
    • 1989, Benjamin Spock & Mary Morgan, Spock on Spock[3], ISBN 0394578139, page 71:  
      Two Andover classmates, Al Wilson and Al Lindley, both went out for crew in our freshman year at Yale.
  11. (rowing) A rowing team manning a single shell
    • 1888, W.B. Woodgate, Boating[4], page 71:  
      If a crew feather much under water, it is a good plan to seat them in a row on a bench, and give each man a stick to handle as an oar.


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