white staff


Definition of white staff 

1a : a white wand or staff that is a symbol of office of several officials (as of the British government or royal household)

b : an office of which a white staff is a symbol

2 or less commonly white staff officer : an official who carries a white staff

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First Known Use of white staff

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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