crew

\ \ [15] The idea originally underlying crew is ‘augmentation’. It comes from Old French creue, which was derived from the verb creistregrow, increase, augment’, a descendant of Latin crēsceregrow’. 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.
\ \ Cf.CRESCENT, CROISSANT, INCREASE

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