(noun, verb)


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

Definition categories: group, force, personnel

2. a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose

- he walked with the help of a wooden staff

Definition categories: man–made, stick

3. the body of teachers and administrators at a school

- the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university

Similar word(s): faculty

Definition categories: group, body

4. building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration

Definition categories: substance

5. a rod carried as a symbol

Definition categories: communication, symbol

6. (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written

Similar word(s): stave

Definition categories: communication

Sentences with staff as a noun:

- The company employed 10 new members of staff this month.

- a constable's staff


1. provide with staff

- This position is not always staffed

Definition categories: competition, cater, ply, provide, supply

2. serve on the staff of

- The two men staff the reception desk

Definition categories: competition, serve