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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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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Example sentences for crowds
Crowds would follow the planes to the field, purchase rides and watch the show.
There is no distinct beginning or end and the crowds do not particularly stop to watch.
Goldman began speaking to crowds of frustrated men and women in new york.
And it would also be a reminder to the crowds of modern age of their common heritage.
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