Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. New Orleans Any of several groups with hereditary membership whose members organize and participate as costumed paraders in the annual Mardi Gras carnival: "They . . . watched a parade of bands and New Orleans-style floats run by krewes throwing necklaces of colored beads” ( Robert Reinhold). See Regional Note at beignet.

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  • n. A private organization in New Orleans that exists to stage a Mardi Gras Ball, Mardi Gras Parade, or both.

Etymologies

Alteration of crew1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From crew (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Early Gasparilla parades featured a "krewe" - social club members in full pirate regalia - arriving on horseback and "capturing" the city.

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  • Early Gasparilla parades featured a "krewe" - high-society social club members in full pirate regalia - arriving on horseback and "capturing" the city.

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  • We are a team, a company, maybe even what the asura call a krewe.

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  • The krewe is a non-profit organization founded by Wood Enterprises with proceeds benefiting homeless animals.

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  • The krewe, which is entering its fifth year on the local Mardi Gras scene, has built a reputation for delivering one of the most entertaining and trinket-rich parades of the season.

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  • The parade will feature area marching bands, dance groups and current reigning royatly of the krewe, which is now in its 54th year.

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  • "krewe" - high-society social club members in full pirate regalia - arriving on horseback and

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  • But a funny thing happens on the way to the R&R: Oscar and his "krewe" (the feudal entourage who trail after him, looking after his clothes, research, security, systems and so on) end up embroiled in a complex piece of political theater, a media war between the rogue governor of the drowned state of Louisiana, the Air Force, the newly elected president, and a weird, pork-barrel science park in its own glassed-in dome.

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  • The last go-round, for example, included "krewe": "a private group participating in the New Orleans Mardi Gras."

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  • Kilmer and his '' krewe '' will also be throwing cups and beads to the crowd.

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