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
OTHER WORDS FROM staffstaff·less, adjectiveun·staffed, adjectivewell-staffed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH staffstaff staph
usage note for staff
Definition for staff (2 of 2)
Origin of staff2
Examples from the Web for staff
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.
According to some rumors, Goya was once on staff before his fame as a Spanish painter.
She was to the publisher what a staff contributor is to a newspaper.Mary Wollstonecraft|Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Cheseldine's got border towns on his staff, or scared of him, and these places we want to know about, especially Fairdale.The Lone Star Ranger|Zane Grey
And what is there in common between a shield and a philosopher's staff?
His commissary was attached to the Staff of the corps, over which waved the “yellow-blue flag.”The Russian Turmoil|Anton Ivanovich Denikin
He now took over Vidocqs offices and staff, with much the same results.Mysteries of Police and Crime|Arthur Griffiths
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