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staff

play
noun \ ˈstaf \

Definition of staff

plural staffs play \ˈstafs, ˈstavz\ or staves play \ˈstavz, ˈstāvz\
1 a :a long stick carried in the hand for support in walking
b :a supporting rod: such as
(1) archaic :shaft 1a(1)
(2) :a crosspiece in a ladder or chair :rung
(3) :flagstaff
(4) :a pivoted arbor
c :club, cudgel
2 a :crosier
b :a rod carried as a symbol of office or authority
3 :the horizontal lines with their spaces on which music is written called also stave
4 :any of various graduated sticks or rules used for measuring :rod
5 plural staffs
a :the officers chiefly responsible for the internal operations of an institution or business
b :a group of officers appointed to assist a civil executive or commanding officer
c :military or naval officers not eligible for operational command
d :the personnel who assist a director in carrying out an assigned task
e plural staff :a member of a staff
  • employs three full-time staff

staff

adjective

Examples of staff in a Sentence

  1. The entire staff has done a great job this year.

  2. The staff is at a meeting.

  3. She's a new member of the staff.

  4. The general's staff is planning the army's next move.

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Origin and Etymology of staff

Middle English staf, from Old English stæf; akin to Old High German stab staff, Sanskrit stabhnāti he supports


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staff

verb

Definition of staff

transitive verb
1 :to supply with a staff or with workers
2 :to serve as a staff member of
  • an organization staffed by volunteers

Examples of staff in a Sentence

  1. We'll need 300 workers to properly staff the hotel.

  2. the 300 workers who staff the hotel

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First Known Use of staff

1859



STAFF Defined for English Language Learners

staff

play
noun

Definition of staff for English Language Learners

  • : a group of people who work for an organization or business

  • : a group of military officers who help a commanding officer but who do not take part in active fighting

  • : a long stick that you carry in your hand for support while walking


staff

verb

Definition of staff for English Language Learners

  • : to supply (an organization or business) with workers

  • : to work for (an organization or business) as a member of a staff


STAFF Defined for Kids

staff

play
noun \ ˈstaf \

Definition of staff for Students

plural staffs or staves \ˈstavz\
1 :a pole, stick, rod, or bar used as a support or as a sign of authority
  • the staff of a flag
  • a bishop's staff
2 pl staffs :a group of persons serving as assistants to or employees under a chief
  • a hospital staff
  • the administrative staff
3 :the five parallel lines with their four spaces on which music is written
4 :something that is a source of strength
  • Bread is the staff of life.
5 pl staffs :a group of military officers who plan and manage for a commanding officer

Medical Dictionary

staff

play
noun \ ˈstaf \

medical Definition of staff

:the doctors and surgeons regularly attached to a hospital and helping to determine its policies and guide its activities


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