Definition of CREW

chiefly British past of crow


noun \ˈkrü\

: the group of people who operate a ship, airplane, or train

: the people who work on a ship except the officers and captain

: a group of people who do a specified kind of work together

Full Definition of CREW

archaic :  a band or force of armed men
a :  a group of people associated together in a common activity or by common traits or interests
b :  gang 1b(2)
a :  a company of people working on one job or under one foreman or operating a machine
b :  the whole company belonging to a ship sometimes including the officers and master; also :  one who assists the skipper of a sailboat
c :  the persons who have duties on an aircraft in flight
d :  the rowers and coxswain of a racing shell; also :  rowing
crew·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of CREW

  1. a skilled member of a ship's crew
  2. the flight's passengers and crew
  3. the ship's captain and crew
  4. A construction crew will begin work on the house next week.

Origin of CREW

Middle English crue, from Middle French, reinforcement, literally, increase, from crue, feminine past participle of croistre to grow, from Latin crescere — more at crescent
First Known Use: 15th century



: to work as a member of a crew that operates a ship or airplane

Full Definition of CREW

intransitive verb
:  to act as a member of a crew
transitive verb
:  to serve as a crew member on (as a ship or aircraft)

Examples of CREW

  1. She spent a couple of years crewing on a British ship.
  2. The ship was crewed by 12 men.

First Known Use of CREW


Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms

airway, apron, corridor, dirigible, fishtail, flat-hat, vector
CREWLESS Defined for Kids


noun \ˈkrü\

Definition of CREW for Kids

:  the group of people who operate a ship, train, or airplane
:  a group of people working together <the news crew>
:  a gathering of people <Mom feeds a large crew on holidays.>


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