General English


  • noun two or more people who have responsibility for flight operations


  • noun a group of people who work on a plane, ship, etc.

Media Studies


  • noun a team of people who man a ship, aircraft or vehicle
  • noun a team of people who operate a weapon or equipment


  • verb to belong to a gang or social group. An item of black street slang of the 1990s, the verb is formed from the earlier noun usage.


  • noun the rowers and cox of a racing boat


  • verb to form the crew for a boat, plane, etc.

Origin & History of “crew”

The idea originally underlying crew is ‘augmentation’. It comes from Old French creue, which was derived from the verb creistre ‘grow, increase, augment’, a descendant of Latin crēscere ‘grow’. At first in English it denoted a squad of military reinforcements. soon its meaning had spread to any band of soldiers, and by the end of the 16th century the word was being used for any group of people gathered together with or without a particular purpose. The most familiar modern application, to the people manning a ship, emerged in the latter part of the 17th century.