A crew is a body or a class of people who work at a common activity, generally in a structured or hierarchical organization. A location in which a crew works is called a crewyard or a workyard. The word has nautical resonances: the tasks involved in operating a ship, particularly a sailing ship, providing numerous specialities within a ship's crew, often organised with a chain of command. Traditional nautical usage strongly distinguishes officers from crew, though the two groups combined form the ship's company. Members of a crew are often referred to by the title Crewman.
Crew is used colloquially to refer to a small, tight-knit group of friends or associates engaged in criminal activity. Also used in reference to the traditional "unit" of criminals under the supervision of a caporegime in the American Mafia. However, the term is not specific to (Mafia-affiliated) organized crime. Crew can also refer simply to a group of friends, unrelated to crime or violence.
- For a specific sporting usage, see Rowing crew.
- For filmmaking usage, see Film crew.
- For live music usage, see Road crew.
- For analogous entities in research on human judgment and decision-making, see Team and Judge–advisor system.
- For stagecraft usage, see Stage crew.
- For video production usage, see Television crew
- For the comic strip, see Motley's Crew.
- For the sports team, see Columbus Crew.
- For crews in aviation and the airline industry, see groundcrew and aircrew.
- "Speed Rower, Competitive Rowing". Retrieved 2009-02-05.