Also found in: Thesaurus, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
[Welsh, from Middle Welsh.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(Instruments) an ancient stringed instrument of Celtic origin similar to the cithara but bowed in later types
[Welsh; compare Middle Irish crott harp]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a large number of persons gathered together; throng.
2. any group of persons having something in common: the theater crowd.
3. a group of spectators; audience: the opening night crowd.
4. the common people; the masses.
5. a large number of things considered together.v.i.
6. to gather in large numbers; throng.
7. to press forward; advance by pushing.v.t.
8. to press closely together; force into a small space; cram.
9. to push, shove, or force.
10. to fill, as by pressing or thronging into.
11. to place under constant pressure.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English crūden to press, hurry, c. Middle Dutch crūden to push]
syn: 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. swarm as used of people is usu. 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.
usage: See collective noun.
an ancient Celtic musical instrument with the strings stretched over a rectangular frame, played with a bow.
[1275–1325; Middle English crowd(e), variant of crouth < Welsh crwth crwth]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.