noun, plural staffs for 1-5, 9; staves [steyvz] /steɪvz/ or staffs for 6-8, 10, 11.
- a body of officers without command authority, appointed to assist a commanding officer.
- the parts of any army concerned with administrative matters, planning, etc., rather than with actual participation in combat.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of staff1
grammar notes for staff
OTHER WORDS FROM staffstaffless, adjectiveun·staffed, adjectivewell-staffed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH staffstaff , staph
Words nearby staff
Definition for staff (2 of 2)
Origin of staff2
Example sentences from the Web for staff
The litigation highlights what some said is the firm’s extreme approach to departing staff.The losses continue to pile up for hedge fund king Ray Dalio|Bernhard Warner|September 15, 2020|Fortune
In 2019, we surveyed our staff, and the results tell us that we have fallen well short of the goal we set.
We also distributed a form to staff, which was also volunteer and anonymous.
Within days, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it anticipated staying closed through July and laying off much of its staff.How the coronavirus outbreak is roiling the film and entertainment industries|Alissa Wilkinson|September 11, 2020|Vox
There are also 12 active staff cases and one staff member who has recovered from the coronavirus.Federal Jail Downtown Now Has One of the Country’s Worst COVID Outbreaks|Maya Srikrishnan|September 10, 2020|Voice of San Diego
They took cover inside a print works to the north east of Paris, where they held a member of staff as a hostage.
Although the blood-spattered offices will be off-limits, staff have vowed to continue producing the magazine.
You get these high-profile people that go into prison, and the staff abuse their authority.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He would talk to Mecallari and the staff about what was of paramount importance to him, his two sons.
Grimm has even been actively trying hire staff members for his office in recent weeks after several former aides deserted him.
With each division, in addition to the divisional staff, there were officers detached from the headquarters staff.
As Felipe approached, the old man's face beamed with pleasure, and he came forward totteringly, leaning on a staff in each hand.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
By the end of the campaign of 1796 he had proved that he was as great a chief of the staff as Bonaparte was a great commander.
The commander-in-chief still kept him attached to the headquarter staff, and constantly employed him on special service.
So it was all arranged, and Lawrence went to see his uncle and tell him of his new position on Blair's staff.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for staff (1 of 2)
noun plural for senses 1,3,4 staffs or plural for senses 5-9 staffs or staves (steɪvz)
- 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
- any set of five lines in this system together with its clefthe treble staff