Definition of krewe in US English:



  • (in the US) an organization or association that stages a parade or other event for a carnival celebration. Krewes are associated especially with Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

    ‘the krewe is famous for huge floats with national celebrities’
    • ‘The 80-year-old krewe paraded with 175 riders this year, down considerably from a decade ago.’
    • ‘Many of the krewes in Jefferson Parish are dealing with dwindling memberships.’
    • ‘The festival will feature headlining sets by Toubab Krewe each night.’
    • ‘The costumes worn by krewe members were also a hit.’
    • ‘The krewe will release the names of its celebrity monarchs Monday, Dec. 23.’
    • ‘Organizers said Hercules is one of the largest krewes in Louisiana with 700 riders on 32 double-decker floats.’
    • ‘Finally Friday, the beat goes on for the Krewe of Centurions, which is slated to begin at 7 p.m. in Metairie.’


Mid 19th century: from the name of The Mistick Krewe of Comus, the first such organization, krewe representing an archaic variant spelling of crew.