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".

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  1. 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.
  2. A member of the crew of a vessel or plant
    One crew died in the accident.
  3. Any company of people; an assemblage; a throng.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A worker on a dramatic production who is not part of the cast
    There were three actors and six crew on the set.
  7. A group of people working together on a task
    The crews competed to cut the most timber.
  8. A close group of friends
    I'd look out for that whole crew down at Jack's.
  9. A set of individuals lumped together by the speaker
  10. A hip-hop group
  11. The sport of competitive rowing.
  12. A rowing team manning a single shell.

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Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A pen for livestock such as chickens or pigs

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. The Manx shearwater.


  1. 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.
  2. To be a member of a work or production crew
    The film was crewed and directed by students.
  3. To supply workers or sailors for a crew
  4. To do the proper work of a sailor
    The crewing of the vessel before the crash was deficient.
  5. To take on, recruit (new) crew

Verb (etymology 2)


  1. To have made the characteristic sound of a rooster.
    It was still dark when the cock crew.

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