crew·​man | \ ˈkrü-mən How to pronounce crewman (audio) \

Definition of crewman

: a member of a crew

Examples of crewman in a Sentence

Eight crewmen were wounded in the attack.

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One crewman said his girlfriend was trapped aboard. Los Angeles Times, "California boat fire rescue suspended after no signs of other survivors; 20 bodies found, 14 still missing," 3 Sep. 2019 The ship sank during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and more than 1,100 officers and crewmen died. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Wildcats to honor Dick Tomey, USS Arizona during college football game vs. Hawaii," 22 Aug. 2019 In every Star Trek series, captains and crewmen bark orders to a faceless computer, and those orders are executed with 100 percent accuracy (barring any mechanical malfunctions, that is). Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Google Just Proved That Our Voice Is the Ultimate UI," 7 May 2019 Inuit hunters recalled seeing starving crewmen dragging heavy sledges along the ice, and later finding evidence of cannibalism. National Geographic, "In 1845 explorers sought the Northwest Passage—then vanished," 8 Aug. 2019 The Soviet-era Komsomolets submarine sank off Norway’s Bear Island following a fire on board, which resulted in the loss of life of 42 of the 69 crewmen on board. Fox News, "Scientists discover radiation leak '100,000 times normal level' from Russian nuclear sub wreck," 12 July 2019 The naval air crewman is serving with Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Detachment Tinker at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Carol Kovach,, "Parma Heights sailor helps keep country safe on the Fourth: Sun Postings," 2 July 2019 The order came back from the military’s Central Command to stop the mining, and the helicopters fired on the Ajr, killing some of the crewmen and sending others leaping into the water. Helene Cooper, New York Times, "Will Trump’s Plans to Counter Iran Bring a Return of the ‘Tanker War’?," 28 June 2019 The ship sustained multiple torpedo hits and quickly capsized, which resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Emily Sweeney,, "Remains identified as Palmer, Mass., man killed in attack on Pearl Harbor," 13 June 2019

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circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of crewman

: a person who helps operate a ship, airplane, or train
: a person who is part of a group of people who work together

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