motley crew

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

motley crew (plural motley crews)

  1. A group of people of mixed background, especially one with a common goal.

Etymology[edit]

Originally used to refer to the crews of 17th and 18th century ships, which contained men of many different nationalities

Quotations[edit]

  • 1830 John Carne - Recollections of Travels in the East: Forming a Continuation of the Letters from the East
    Away they marched from the rocky region and miserable village where they were posted, a motley crew of Christians and Infidels, Catholics, Greeks, and adorers of the Prophet, all mingled together, to go and attack the holy city . . .