What does crew mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crewnoun

    the men and women who man a vehicle (ship, aircraft, etc.)

  2. gang, crew, work partynoun

    an organized group of workmen

  3. crowd, crew, gang, bunchnoun

    an informal body of friends

    "he still hangs out with the same crowd"

  4. crewverb

    the team of men manning a racing shell

  5. crewverb

    serve as a crew member on


  1. crewverb

    To have made the characteristic sound of a rooster.

    It was still dark when the cock crew.

  2. crewnoun

    A pen for livestock such as chickens or pigs

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crewnoun

    the Manx shearwater

  2. Crewnoun

    a company of people associated together; an assemblage; a throng

  3. Crewnoun

    the company of seamen who man a ship, vessel, or at; the company belonging to a vessel or a boat

  4. Crewnoun

    in an extended sense, any small body of men associated for a purpose; a gang; as (Naut.), the carpenter's crew; the boatswain's crew

  5. Crew

    imp. of Crow

  6. Crew

    of Crow


  1. Crew

    A crew is a body or a class of people who work at a common activity, generally in a structured or hierarchical organization. A location in which a crew works is called a crewyard or a workyard. The word has nautical resonances: the tasks involved in operating a ship, particularly a sailing ship, providing numerous specialities within a ship's crew, often organised with a chain of command. Traditional nautical usage strongly distinguishes officers from crew, though the two groups combined form the ship's company. Members of a crew are often referred to by the title "Crewman". "Crew" also refers to the sport of rowing, where teams row competitively in racing shells. "Crew" is used colloquially to refer to a small, tight-knit group of friends or associates engaged in criminal activity. Also used in reference to the traditional "unit" of criminals under the supervision of a caporegime in the American Mafia. However, the term is not specific to organized crime. Crew can refer simply to a group of friends, unrelated to crime or violence.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crew

    krōō, n. a company, squad, or gang, often in a bad or contemptuous sense: a ship's company. [O. Fr. creue, increase—croistre, to grow.]

  2. Crew

    krōō, pa.t. of Crow.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. crew

    Comprehends every officer and man on board ship, borne as complement on the books. There are in ships of war several particular crews or gangs, as the gunner's, carpenter's, sail-maker's, blacksmith's, armourer's, and cooper's crews.

Rap Dictionary

  1. crewnoun

    Group, band.

Editors Contribution

  1. crew

    A team of people who work together for a specific purpose.

    The crew were fantastic working united together for the optimum health, human rights and shared prosperity of everyone.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. CREW

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crew' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3336

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crew' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3979

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crew' in Nouns Frequency: #1113

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crew in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crew in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of crew in a Sentence

  1. Maersk Line:

    As we do not have the details of the ruling, we are not able to comment hereon, nor at this point speculate on our options, our paramount concern remains the safety of the crew and the safe release of the vessel. We will continue to do everything we can to resolve this matter with the relevant Iranian authorities.

  2. Guy Platten:

    The fact that we are three months down the line and we have 400,000 seafarers in need of crew change is completely unsustainable.

  3. Jennifer Rhodes:

    It had been eight years and while I didn't work there every week, I still felt a close bond to many of the cast and crew.

  4. The Investigative Committee of Russia:

    The aircraft hit the ground and broke into pieces, according to preliminary data, there were 55 passengers aboard and 7 crew members. They all died.

  5. Kevin Hart:

    Every car in our car crew has a car that fits their personality and they've been making changes to basically amplify the look of those cars, we're all chasing perfection in our own way, so I think its about … finding what that is to you and being happy with the end result.

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  • طاقمArabic
  • екипаж, компания, тайфаBulgarian
  • colla, tripulant, marineria, banda, equip, tripulacióCatalan, Valencian
  • technici, skupina, posádka, banda, obsluha, člen, kulisáci, pracovníCzech
  • Haufen, Stab, Besatzung, Mannschaft, KolonneGerman
  • συνεργείο, συμμορία, επανδρώνω, πλήρωμαGreek
  • ŝipanaroEsperanto
  • tripulante, grumete, equipo, tripulaciónSpanish
  • miehistö, sakki, joukkue, avustaja, käyttöhenkilöstö, jäsenFinnish
  • équipage, équipeFrench
  • foireann, criúIrish
  • sgiobaScottish Gaelic
  • legénységHungarian
  • cricca, staff, gente, squadra, ciurma, equipaggio, folla, banda, troupeItalian
  • クルー, 船員, 乗組Japanese
  • 패거리, 스태프, 수병, 승무원, 일단, 일반선원, 일원Korean
  • банда, екипа, посада, екипаж, тајфаMacedonian
  • stab, besetning, arbeidsgruppeNorwegian
  • ploeg, gezelschap, bemanningslid, team, bemannen, teamlid, technisch theaterpersoneel, bemanningDutch
  • besetningNorwegian Nynorsk
  • gangue, pessoal, tripulação, tripular, equipe, tripulantePortuguese
  • коллектив, экипаж, шайка, банда, компания, командаRussian
  • посада, pȍsadaSerbo-Croatian

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