1 [kroud]
a large number of persons gathered closely together; throng: a crowd of angry people.
any large number of persons.
any group or set of persons with something in common: The restaurant attracts a theater crowd.
audience; attendance: Opening night drew a good crowd.
the common people; the masses: He feels superior to the crowd.
a large number of things gathered or considered together.
Sociology. a temporary gathering of people responding to common stimuli and engaged in any of various forms of collective behavior.
verb (used without object)
to gather in large numbers; throng; swarm.
to press forward; advance by pushing.
verb (used with object)
to press closely together; force into a confined space; cram: to crowd clothes into a suitcase.
to push; shove.
to fill to excess; fill by pressing or thronging into.
to place under pressure or stress by constant solicitation: to crowd a debtor for payment; to crowd someone with embarrassing questions.
crowd on sail, Nautical. to carry a press of sail.

before 950; Middle English crowden, Old English crūden to press, hurry; cognate with Middle Dutch crūden to push (Dutch kruien)

crowder, noun

1. Crowd, multitude, swarm, throng refer to large numbers of people. Crowd suggests a jostling, uncomfortable, and possibly disorderly company: A crowd gathered to listen to the speech. Multitude emphasizes the great number of persons or things but suggests that there is space enough for all: a multitude of people at the market on Saturdays. Swarm as used of people is usually contemptuous, suggesting a moving, restless, often noisy, crowd: A swarm of dirty children played in the street. Throng suggests a company that presses together or forward, often with some common aim: The throng pushed forward to see the cause of the excitement. 5. proletariat, plebeians, populace. 8. assemble, herd.

See collective noun. Unabridged


2 [kroud]
an ancient Celtic musical instrument with the strings stretched over a rectangular frame, played with a bow.
Also, crwth.

1275–1325; Middle English crowd(e), variant of crouth < Welsh crwth crwth Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
crowd1 (kraʊd)
1.  a large number of things or people gathered or considered together
2.  a particular group of people, esp considered as a social or business set: the crowd from the office
3.  a.  the crowd the common people; the masses
 b.  (as modifier): crowd ideas
4.  follow the crowd to conform with the majority
5.  (intr) to gather together in large numbers; throng
6.  (tr) to press together into a confined space
7.  (tr) to fill to excess; fill by pushing into
8.  informal (tr) to urge or harass by urging
9.  nautical crowd on sail to hoist as much sail as possible
[Old English crūdan; related to Middle Low German krūden to molest, Middle Dutch crūden to push, Norwegian kryda to swarm]

crowd2 (kraʊd)
music an ancient bowed stringed instrument; crwth
[C13: from Welsh crwth]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. crudan "to press, crush." The noun is first attested 1567; the earlier word was press.
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Idioms & Phrases


see follow the crowd; three's a crowd.

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Example sentences
Inside a large thatch hut, musicians play loud, frenetic music before a crowd
  of rowdy onlookers.
The soapbox of the digital age draws a crowd of academics.
In fact, he thinks, having a crowd around often makes things better.
The dancing started again with the banging of drums as he was spun in a circle
  to the delight of the crowd.
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