What does crew mean?

Definitions for crew

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word crew.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CREWnoun

    Etymology: probably from crud, Saxon.

    There a noble crew
    Of lords and ladies stood on every side,
    Which, with their presence fair, the place much beautify’d. Fairy Queen, b. i. cant.
    4. stanz. 7.

    The anchors drop’d, his crew the vessels moor. John Dryden, Æn.

    One of the banish’d crew,
    I fear, hath ventur’d from the deep, to raise
    New troubles. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iv. l. 573.

    He with a crew, whom like ambition joins
    With him, or under him to tyrannize,
    Marching from Eden tow’rds the west, shall find
    The plain. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xii. l. 38.

    The last was he, whose thunder slew
    The Titan race, a rebel crew. Addison.

  2. Crewthe preterite of crow.


  1. crew

    A crew is a group or class of people who work at a common activity.


  1. crew

    A crew is a group of people who work closely together, often towards a common goal or on a specific project. This term is commonly used in various fields such as film production, aviation, construction, sailing, and emergency services among others. The size and structure of a crew can vary depending on the complexity and nature of the task at hand.

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

    What does CREW stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the CREW acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CREW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Crew is ranked #8127 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Crew surname appeared 4,081 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Crew.

    67.5% or 2,757 total occurrences were White.
    26.4% or 1,081 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 99 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.2% or 91 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 36 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 17 total occurrences were Asian.

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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. Mohamed Anyis:

    As we waited, six Bangladeshi men died of exhaustion. The crew threw their bodies into the sea.

  2. The NTSB report:

    NTSB has determined that this investigation requires that the flight crew interviews be audio recorded and transcribed by a court reporter to ensure the highest degree of accuracy, completeness, and efficiency.

  3. United Airlines:

    A customer on United Express flight 3708 from Indianapolis to Newark was asked to gate check her oversized bag, and she refused to do so. She became verbally abusiveto the crew and they asked her to leave the aircraft. The customer refused and all customers were asked to deplane.Tominimize the inconvenience to our customers, we arranged for a different aircraft to make the flight from Indianapolis to Newark as soon as possible Monday night.

  4. Jayne Giesler:

    At that point, I noticed dark smoke and debris outside the window, that's when the crew told us to get our life-preservers.

  5. Christopher Ferguson:

    They( Boeing) knew how big it was going to be, how it was going to be powered, but they really hadn't thought a whole lot about what the inside would be and how does the crew interface with the vehicle that's designed to operate automatically.

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Translations for crew

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  • طاقمArabic
  • тайфа, компания, екипажBulgarian
  • marineria, equip, banda, tripulant, tripulació, collaCatalan, Valencian
  • banda, člen, posádka, kulisáci, pracovní, obsluha, skupina, techniciCzech
  • Kolonne, Haufen, Stab, Besatzung, MannschaftGerman
  • συμμορία, συνεργείο, πλήρωμα, επανδρώνωGreek
  • ŝipanaroEsperanto
  • grumete, tripulación, equipo, tripulanteSpanish
  • käyttöhenkilöstö, miehistö, avustaja, jäsen, sakki, joukkueFinnish
  • équipe, équipageFrench
  • criú, foireannIrish
  • sgiobaScottish Gaelic
  • कर्मी दलHindi
  • legénységHungarian
  • staff, squadra, ciurma, folla, cricca, banda, troupe, gente, equipaggioItalian
  • クルー, 乗組, 船員Japanese
  • 승무원, 일원, 일반선원, 일단, 패거리, 수병, 스태프Korean
  • cantavit "Latin
  • екипаж, банда, тајфа, екипа, посадаMacedonian
  • arbeidsgruppe, stab, besetningNorwegian
  • bemannen, teamlid, gezelschap, bemanning, ploeg, technisch theaterpersoneel, bemanningslid, teamDutch
  • besetningNorwegian Nynorsk
  • załogaPolish
  • tripulação, gangue, equipe, pessoal, tripular, tripulantePortuguese
  • экипаж, команда, коллектив, шайка, банда, компанияRussian
  • посада, pȍsadaSerbo-Croatian

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    A transparent
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    C hatched
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