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Crew of a spacecraft.

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[citation needed]. 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 also refers to the sport of rowing, where teams row competitively in racing shells.[1]

Crew is used colloquially to refer to a small, tight-knit group of friends or associates engaged in criminal activity[citation needed]. 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.

See also


  1. "Speed Rower, Competitive Rowing". Retrieved 2009-02-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Yacht Job Descriptions and Salary Guide