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Definition of crew noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] all the people working on a ship, plane, etc. None of the passengers and crew were injured. crew members a change of crew in Frankfurt see also aircrew, cabin crew, flight crew
  2. 2[countable] all the people working on a ship, plane, etc. except the officers who are in charge the officers and crew
  3. 3[countable] a group of people with special skills working together a film/camera crew an ambulance crew see also ground crew
  4. 4[singular] (usually disapproving) a group of people The people she invited were a pretty motley crew (= a strange mix of types of people).
  5. 5[countable] a team of people who row boats in races a member of the German crew
  6. 6[uncountable] the sport of rowing with other people in a boat I'm thinking of going out for crew this semester (= joining the rowing team).
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: crew