Meaning of “crowd” in the English Dictionary

"crowd" in British English

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crowdnoun [ + sing/pl verb ]

uk /kraʊd/ us /kraʊd/

A2 [ C ] a large group of people who have come together:

A crowd of about 15,000 attended the concert.

[ S ] informal a group of friends or a group of people with similar interests:

She goes around with a friendly crowd.
"Who was there?" "Oh, the usual crowd."

More examples

  • A crowd had gathered to hear her speak.
  • In her bright yellow coat, she was easily identifiable in the crowd.
  • A big crowd of demonstrators were protesting against cuts in health spending.
  • He pushed his way to the front of the crowd to get a better look.
  • The crowd was cheering and urging her on all through the race.

crowdverb [ T ]

uk /kraʊd/ us /kraʊd/ informal

(Definition of “crowd” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"crowd" in American English

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crowdnoun [ C ]

us /krɑʊd/

a large group of people who have gathered together:

A crowd formed outside the club.
Crowds of people watched the fireworks.

infml A crowd is also a group of friends:

I don’t know many people in Edsel’s crowd.

A crowd is also a group of people with similar interests:

the art/theater crowd

crowdverb [ I/T ]

us /krɑʊd/

If you crowd someone, you make the person uncomfortable by standing too close:

[ T ] Don’t crowd me!

If people crowd into a place, they fill it completely:

[ I ] Commuters crowded into the train.

(Definition of “crowd” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)