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Definition of crew noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    crew

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//kruː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kruː//
     
    Boating, People in sea travel, Travelling by boat or ship
     
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  1. 1[countable + singular or plural verb] 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 See related entries: People in sea travel, Travelling by boat or ship
  2. 2[countable + singular or plural verb] all the people working on a ship, plane etc. except the officers who are in charge the officers and crew
  3. 3[countable + singular or plural verb] 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 + singular or plural verb] a team of people who row1 boats in races a member of the Cambridge crew See related entries: Boating
  6. 6[uncountable] (North American English) 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 related entries: Boating
  7. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French creue ‘augmentation, increase’, feminine past participle of croistre ‘grow’, from Latin crescere. The original sense was ‘band of soldiers serving as reinforcements’; hence it came to denote any organized armed band or, generally, a company of people (late 16th cent.).Extra examples Fire crews were called to the scene. The cast and crew of the movie are giving it their all. all the men and women in the crew A member of the cabin crew demonstrated the safety procedures. Fire crews were called to the house at around 5 o’clock. It took ambulance crews more than an hour to free them. Let’s get a crew together and go to the pub. Maintenance crews have been working 18-hours shifts to repair the damage. None of the passengers or crew were injured. Our support crew followed behind in two Land Rovers. The film crew and the actors had all left the studio by then. The house was soon besieged by TV crews and photographers. The people she invited were a pretty motley crew. Two crews of six men carried out the work in shifts. We found him in the canteen with a crew of assorted computer geeks. We have camera crews from ABC, CBS and NBC coming. a TV/​film/​camera crew a maintenance/​support crew an ambulance/​a fire crew
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