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n., pl. staffs for 1-4,8; staves (stāvz) or staffs for 5-7,9,10; n.
- baguette - Means "little rod" and is derived from Latin baculum, "staff, stick."
- dough - As in money, it almost certainly came from bread (another slang term for it), because bread is the staff of life.
- staff - From Germanic stabaz, "stick"; its sense as "employees" is probably an allusion to the carrying of a staff of office by a person in charge.
- miter, mitre, crosier - The tall, pointy hat of a bishop or abbot is the miter/mitre—from Greek mitra, "headdress"; a crosier is a bishop's staff.
StaffExamples: staff of cocks (two), 1688; of hawks (three), 1688; of nurses; of officers; of servants—Brewer; of teasels, 1794.
The people who work for an organization can be referred to as its staff.
In British English, you can use a plural or singular form of a verb after staff. The plural form is more common.
In American English, staff is usually followed by a singular form.
Don't refer to an individual person who works for an organization as 'a staff'. Refer to him or her as a member of staff.
Past participle: staffed
|Noun||1.||staff - 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"|
newsroom - the staff of a newspaper or the news department of a periodical; "every newspaper editor is criticized by the newsroom"
personnel, force - group of people willing to obey orders; "a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"
office staff, office - professional or clerical workers in an office; "the whole office was late the morning of the blizzard"
research staff - a group of associated research workers in a university or library or laboratory
sales staff - those in a business who are responsible for sales
security staff - those in an organization responsible for preventing spying or theft
maintenance staff, service staff - those in a business responsible for maintaining the physical plant
general staff - military officers assigned to assist a senior officer in planning military policy
headquarters staff - military staff stationed at headquarters
|2.||staff - a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose; "he walked with the help of a wooden staff"|
alpenstock - a stout staff with a metal point; used by mountain climbers
baton - a short staff carried by some officials to symbolize an office or an authority
crutch - a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking
distaff - the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning
pikestaff - the staff of a pike
quarterstaff - a long stout staff used as a weapon
stick - an implement consisting of a length of wood; "he collected dry sticks for a campfire"; "the kid had a candied apple on a stick"
|3.||staff - the body of teachers and administrators at a school; "the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university"|
body - a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"; "the student body"; "administrative body"
school - an educational institution; "the school was founded in 1900"
|4.||staff - building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration|
building material - material used for constructing buildings
|5.||staff - a rod carried as a symbol|
symbol - an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
crosier, crozier - a staff surmounted by a crook or cross carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office
mace - a ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority
tipstaff - staff with a metal tip carried as a sign of office by e.g. a bailiff or constable
|6.||staff - (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written|
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
staff line - any of the 5 horizontal marks comprising a staff
space - one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff; "the spaces are the notes F-A-C-E"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
|Verb||1.||staff - provide with staff; "This position is not always staffed"|
man - provide with workers; "We cannot man all the desks"; "Students were manning the booths"
|2.||staff - serve on the staff of; "The two men staff the reception desk"|
serve - do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function; "He served as head of the department for three years"; "She served in Congress for two terms"
the administrative staff → (el personal de) la administración
the teaching staff → el cuerpo docente, el profesorado
to be on the staff → ser de plantilla
to join the staff → entrar en la plantilla
to leave the staff → dimitir
to be well staffed (fully staffed) → tener la plantilla completa; (with good workers) → tener un buen personal
the centre is staffed by qualified lawyers → el centro cuenta con abogados titulados en plantilla
staff canteen N → comedor m de personal
staff college N → escuela f militar superior
staff meeting N → reunión f de personal
staff nurse N → enfermero/a m/f titulado/a
staff officer N → oficial m del Estado Mayor
staff room N → sala f de profesores
staff-student ratio N → proporción f alumnos-profesor
staff training N → formación f de personal
staff2 [stɑːf] N (staves, staff (pl)) (Mus) → pentagrama m
a member of staff → un membre du personnel enseignant
The centre is staffed at all times
BUT Il y a toujours quelqu'un qui travaille dans le centre.
The shop is staffed by volonteers
BUT Le magasin est tenu par des bénévoles.
to staff sth with sth
They staff the clinics with nurses → Ils ont pourvu les cliniques en infirmières.staff discount n → remise f pour le personnelstaff meeting n [teachers] → conseil m des professeursstaff nurse n → infirmier/ière m/fstaff officer n → officier m d'état-major
the administrative staff → il personale amministrativo
the teaching staff → il corpo insegnante
to be on the staff → far parte del personale or dell'organico
a staff of 15 → un personale or organico di 15 persone
to join the staff → entrare a far parte del personale
"staff only" → "passaggio di servizio"