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
Definition for staff (2 of 2)
Origin of staff2
Example sentences from the Web for staff
Early this spring, the CBS News streaming show “60 in 60” had one of the first so-called coronavirus clusters in New York City when 16 members of the staff tested positive.Despite precautions, CBS headquarters reports 15 coronavirus cases amid nationwide surge|Jeremy Barr|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
This is being communicated to Virginia Tech’s sports medicine staff as well.Pennsylvania says all athletes must wear masks while playing. The Steelers say they’re exempt.|Matt Bonesteel|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
In the past two weeks, 23 Maryland players and seven staff members, including Coach Michael Locksley, have contracted the virus.Maryland football is ‘committed to getting back,’ but timeline for return is unclear|Emily Giambalvo|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Noah Smith is a regular contributor to The Washington Post and staff journalist for Direct Relief, a nonprofit.
The more attractive experience is open glass doors and tables parked just outside, facing the Washington Channel and warmed with tall heaters and nice staff — sometimes too nice.At Moon Rabbit, chef Kevin Tien lures fans to the Wharf|Tom Sietsema|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Most female peshmerga fighters were tasked with staffing checkpoints and guarding bases alongside their male counterparts.
Donson was not surprised that money earmarked for programs to benefit inmates actually pays for staffing and other costs.Megabanks Have The Federal Prison System Locked Up|Center for Public Integrity|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The union said it had previously raised concerns about low staffing levels and inadequate inmate security levels.
The result is a gap in staffing, funding, and overall support of local candidates.Iowa Has a Phantom Democratic Presidential Candidates Problem|Ben Jacobs|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But rent ($12.7 million) and staffing ($16.4 million) more than ate up the operating profit.
But such ships would require special staffing so that the existing units should not be depleted in order to provide staffs.The Australian Army Medical Corps in Egypt|James W. Barrett
The centering of a staff in wax has been thoroughly described and in pivoting the proceeding is the same as in staffing.A Treatise on Staff Making and Pivoting|Eugene E. Hall
Nor did I neglect to seek out the pair of blacks and enter into an agreement with them to assist in staffing my place.Ruggles of Red Gap|Harry Leon Wilson
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