AskDefine | Define crew

Dictionary Definition



1 the men who man a ship or aircraft
2 an organized group of workmen [syn: gang, work party]
3 an informal body of friends; "he still hangs out with the same crowd" [syn: crowd, gang, bunch]
4 the team of men manning a racing shell v : serve as a crew member on

User Contributed Dictionary



  • kroo͞, /kruː/, /krU:/



  1. A group of people operating a means of transport.
  2. A group of people working on something.
  3. The non-actor members of a theatrical stage-production.
    There must be a hundred carpenters and painters in the crew!
  4. A member of a crew.
    Ten crew died when the submarine sank.




  1. To participate in a ship's crew.
crew (simple past of to crow)
  1. In the context of "British English}}

Extensive Definition

A crew comprises a body or a class of people who work at a common activity, generally in a structured or hierarchical organization. The word has particular 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 "Crew member".
"Crew" is also 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 (Mafia-affiliated) organized crime.

In hip-hop

In hip-hop terminology, crew means a team or group; for example, a breakdance crew, rap crew, or graffiti crew. They have to be able to work together as a team for their dances.

See also

crew in Bulgarian: Екипаж
crew in German: Schiffsbesatzung
crew in Spanish: Tripulación
crew in French: Équipage
crew in Icelandic: Áhöfn
crew in Italian: Equipaggio
crew in Lithuanian: Įgula (mašinos)
crew in Dutch: Bemanning
crew in Norwegian: Mannskap
crew in Polish: Załoga (żegluga)
crew in Russian: Экипаж
crew in Simple English: Crew
crew in Ukrainian: Екіпаж

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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