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Dictionary Definition



1 personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task; "the hospital has an excellent nursing staff"; "the general relied on his staff to make routine decisions"
2 the body of teachers and administrators at a school; "the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university" [syn: faculty]
3 a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose; "he walked with the help of a wooden staff"
4 building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration
5 a rod carried as a symbol
6 (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written [syn: stave]


1 provide with staff; "This position is not always staffed"
2 serve on the staff of; "The two men staff the reception desk"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Staff



stæf, from . Cognate with Dutch staf, German Stab, Swedish staf.



  1. (plural: staffs or staves) a long, straight stick, especially one used to assist in walking.
  2. (plural: staves) a series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written.
  3. (plural: staff) the employees of a business. (e.g. The company employed 10 new staff this month.)
  4. A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering (see Staff (building material))



a long, straight stick
a series of horizontal lines
the employees of a business


  1. to supply (a business) with employees


  • Danish: forsyne med personale
  • French: doter en personnel


Extensive Definition

Staff may refer to:
Staff as an acronym may refer to:
  • Smart Target-Activated Fire and Forget (XM943 STAFF), an American-made experimental 120mm tank gun shell
Staves is a plural noun form of staff; however when used in the singular sense, stave may also mean:
  • a single musical staff
  • a curved wooden member which is used with others to form the side of a barrel

See also

  • Staph, bacteria which can cause infection
staff in German: Staff
staff in Japanese: スタッフ (曖昧さ回避)
staff in Norwegian: Staff
staff in Simple English: Staff

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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