staff

 /stɑːf/

For the noun: staff
Plural form: staves, staff

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
staff1 /stæf/USA pronunciation n., pl. staffsfor1-4, 8;staves/steɪvz/USA pronunciationorstaffsfor5-7,9,10,;
adj., v. 

n. 
  • a group of people, esp. workers, who carry out the work of an establishment, such as a group of assistants to a manager, superintendent, etc.: [countable]He has a fine staff working under him.[uncountable]I am complaining about one of your staff.
  • [countable] a stick, pole, or rod for aid in walking or climbing, for use as a weapon, etc.
  • [countable] a pole on which a flag is hung or displayed.
  • [countable; usually singular] something that supports or sustains:Bread is the staff of life.
  • Music and Dance[countable] a set of usually five lines, with the corresponding four spaces between them, on which music is written.

  • adj. [before a noun]
  • of or relating or belonging to an organizational staff:staff officers.
  • Businessworking on the staff of a corporation, institution, etc.:a staff writer.

  • v. [+ object]
  • to provide with a staff of assistants or workers:The company is staffed with the finest engineers in this country.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    staff /stɑːf/ n ( pl (for senses 1,3,4)staffs) ( pl (for senses 5-9)staffs, staves /steɪvz/)
    1. a group of people employed by a company, individual, etc, for executive, clerical, sales work, etc
    2. (modifier) attached to or provided for the staff of an establishment: a staff doctor
    3. the body of teachers or lecturers of an educational institution, as distinct from the students
    4. the officers appointed to assist a commander, service, or central headquarters organization in establishing policy, plans, etc
    5. a stick with some special use, such as a walking stick or an emblem of authority
    6. something that sustains or supports: bread is the staff of life
    7. a pole on which a flag is hung
    8. chiefly Brit a graduated rod used in surveying, esp for sighting to with a levelling instrument
      Usual US name: rod

    9. Also called: stave 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
    10. any set of five lines in this system together with its clef: the treble staff
    vb
    1. (transitive) to provide with a staff
    Etymology: Old English stæf; related to Old Frisian stef, Old Saxon staf, German Stab, Old Norse stafr, Gothic Stafs; see stave
    staff /stɑːf/ n
    1. US a mixture of plaster and hair used to cover the external surface of temporary structures and for decoration
    Etymology: 19th Century: of unknown origin



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