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Definitions of staff

staff1 (stɑːf Pronunciation for staff1



Word forms:   plural (for senses 1,3,4) staffs
Word forms:   plural (for senses 5-9) staffs, staves  (steɪvz Pronunciation for
  1. a group of people employed by a company, individual, etc, for executive, clerical, sales work, etc
  2. (modifier) attached to or provided for the staff of an establishment   ⇒ a staff doctor
  3. the body of teachers or lecturers of an educational institution, as distinct from the students
  4. the officers appointed to assist a commander, service, or central headquarters organization in establishing policy, plans, etc
  5. a stick with some special use, such as a walking stick or an emblem of authority
  6. something that sustains or supports   ⇒ bread is the staff of life
  7. a pole on which a flag is hung
  8. (mainly British) a graduated rod used in surveying, esp for sighting to with a levelling instrument Usual US name: rod
  9. Also called: stave (music)
    1. the system of horizontal lines grouped into sets of five (four in the case of plainsong) upon which music is written. The spaces between them are also used, being employed in conjunction with a clef in order to give a graphic indication of pitch
    2. any set of five lines in this system together with its clef   ⇒ the treble staff


  1. (transitive) to provide with a staff

Word Origin

Old English stæf; related to Old Frisian stef, Old Saxon staf, German Stab, Old Norse stafr, Gothic Stafs; see stave


View thesaurus entry
= workers, employees, personnel, workforce, team, organization
= stick, pole, rod, prop, crook, cane, stave, wand, sceptre

staff2 (stɑːf Pronunciation for staff2



  1. (US) a mixture of plaster and hair used to cover the external surface of temporary structures and for decoration

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

Translations for 'staff'

  • British English: staffPronunciation for staff The staff of an organization are the people who work for it.The staff were very good.stɑːf NOUNpersonnel
  • Arabic: مَجْمُوعَةُ الـعَامِلِيـنPronunciation for مَجْمُوعَةُ الـعَامِلِيـن
  • Brazilian Portuguese: quadro de funcionáriosPronunciation for quadro de funcionários
  • Chinese: 工作人员Pronunciation for 工作人员
  • Croatian: osobljePronunciation for osoblje
  • Czech: personálPronunciation for personál
  • Danish: personalePronunciation for personale
  • Dutch: personeelPronunciation for personeel
  • European Spanish: plantillaPronunciation for plantilla
  • Finnish: sauvaPronunciation for sauva
  • French: personnelPronunciation for personnel
  • German: PersonalPronunciation for Personal
  • Greek: προσωπικόPronunciation for προσωπικό
  • Italian: bastonePronunciation for bastone
  • Japanese: 職員Pronunciation for 職員workers
  • Korean: 직원Pronunciation for 직원
  • Norwegian: stangPronunciation for stang
  • Polish: personelPronunciation for personel
  • Portuguese: quadro de funcionáriosPronunciation for quadro de funcionários
  • Romanian: staff staff-uri
  • Russian: персоналPronunciation for персонал
  • Spanish: bastónPronunciation for bastón
  • Swedish: stavPronunciation for stav
  • Thai: พนักงานPronunciation for พนักงาน
  • Turkish: personelPronunciation for personelasa
  • Ukrainian: персонал
  • Vietnamese: cộtPronunciation for cộtcọc
  • British English: staffPronunciation for staff A staff is a stout rod or stick.stɑːf NOUNstick
  • Arabic: عَصَاPronunciation for عَصَا
  • Brazilian Portuguese: bastãoPronunciation for bastão
  • Chinese: Pronunciation for 杆
  • Croatian: štapPronunciation for štap
  • Czech: hůlPronunciation for hůl
  • Danish: stavPronunciation for stav
  • Dutch: stokPronunciation for stok
  • European Spanish: bastónPronunciation for bastón
  • Finnish: henkilökuntaPronunciation for henkilökunta
  • French: bâtonPronunciation for bâtontravailleurs
  • German: PersonalPronunciation for Personal
  • Greek: προσωπικόPronunciation for προσωπικό
  • Italian: personalePronunciation for personaledipendenti
  • Japanese: Pronunciation for 棒stick or rod
  • Korean: 지팡이Pronunciation for 지팡이
  • Norwegian: stabPronunciation for stab
  • Polish: pałkaPronunciation for pałka
  • Portuguese: bastãoPronunciation for bastão
  • Romanian: baston bastoane
  • Russian: палкаPronunciation for палка
  • Spanish: personalPronunciation for personalempleados
  • Swedish: personalPronunciation for personal
  • Thai: ไม้ค้ำ เสาค้ำ ไม้เท้าPronunciation for ไม้ค้ำ เสาค้ำ ไม้เท้า
  • Turkish: sopaPronunciation for sopa
  • Ukrainian: палиця
  • Vietnamese: nhân viênPronunciation for nhân viên

Example Sentences Including 'staff'

Webster's style would have been autocratic, the type who expected unquestioning obedience from his staff.
Stuart Harrison LOST SUMMER (2002)
He never went to the bars, instead preferring to sip champagne delivered ahead of the performance by one of the opera house staff.
Without his staff he had no more power than any other mortal.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)


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