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



    BrE BrE//kraʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kraʊd//
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  1. 1  [countable + singular or plural verb] a large number of people gathered together in a public place, for example in the streets or at a sports game He pushed his way through the crowd. A small crowd had gathered outside the church. Police had to break up the crowd. Crowds of people poured into the street. I want to get there early to avoid the crowds. The match attracted a capacity crowd of 80 000. The crowd cheered the winning hit. crowd control crowd trouble A whole crowd of us are going to the ball (= a lot of us). He left the hotel surrounded by crowds of journalists.
  2. 2[countable + singular or plural verb] (informal, often disapproving) a particular group of people Bob introduced her to some of the usual crowd (= people who often meet each other). the bright young theatrical crowd
  3. 3the crowd [singular] (sometimes disapproving) ordinary people, not special or unusual in any way We all like to think we stand out from the crowd (= are different from and better than other people). He prefers to be one of the crowd. She's quite happy to follow the crowd.
  4. Word OriginOld English crūdan ‘press, hasten’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kruien ‘push in a wheelbarrow’. In Middle English the senses ‘move by pushing’ and ‘push one's way’ arose, leading to the sense ‘congregate’, and hence (mid 16th cent.) to the noun.Extra examples A crowd thronged around the wounded man. After the ambulance drove off, the crowd dispersed. An expectant crowd gathered outside his house. Boxing is a sport that always attracts large crowds. Crowds have been flocking to the beaches in this hot weather. Crowds lined the streets of the city as the president’s car approached. I saw some familiar faces in the crowd. If you want to avoid the crowds, get there early. Police were called to disperse the crowd. She didn’t win but she was clearly the crowd favourite/​favorite. She fought her way through the crowd. She was afraid she might get lost in the crowd. She’s happy to follow the crowd. The crowd grew to over 15 000. The crowd rushed forward. The president read a declaration to a vast assembled crowd. The show played to capacity crowds. To her I’m just another face in the crowd. We all like to think we stand out from the crowd. We pushed our way through the milling crowds of guests. a big crowd of football supporters crowds thronging the streets of Rio the usual motley crowd of tourists, hawkers and pigeons A whole crowd of us are going to the ball. Bob introduced him to some of the usual crowd. By this time, it was attracting a more Bohemian and disreputable crowd. Do you ever see any of the old crowd from college? He got in with the wrong crowd. Nearly 300 marshals will be involved in crowd control. The bar attracts a slightly older crowd. The game attracted a capacity crowd of 80 000. They are a great bunch/​crowd of people to work with. They were a bit of a motley bunch/​crowd.
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