staff Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “staff” in the English Dictionary

"staff" in British English

See all translations

staffnoun

uk   /stɑːf/ us   /stæf/
  • staff noun (PEOPLE)

A2 [S, + sing/pl verb] the group of people who work for an organization: There is a good relationship between staff and pupils at the school. The staff are not very happy about the latest pay increase. There are over a hundred staff in the company. He is on (= a member of) the editorial staff of the magazine.
[C usually singular] Indian English a person who works for an organization

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

staffverb [T]

uk   /stɑːf/ us   /stæf/
(Definition of staff from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"staff" in American English

See all translations

staffnoun [C]

us   /stæf/
  • staff noun [C] (PEOPLE)

a group of people who work for an organization, often for a special purpose, or who work for a manager within an organization: The coaching staff felt we needed more defense. She joined the staff of the Smithsonian Institution in 1954.
  • staff noun [C] (MUSIC)

music also stave, /steɪv/ the five lines and four spaces between them on which musical notes are written

staffverb [T]

us   /stæf/
  • staff verb [T] (SUPPLY WITH PEOPLE)

to supply an organization with a staff: The after-school program is staffed entirely by volunteers.
(Definition of staff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"staff" in Business English

See all translations

staffnoun [S or U]

uk   /stɑːf/ us   HR, WORKPLACE
all the people who work for a particular company or organization, or in a particular place: The company prides itself on the training programmes it provides for its staff. Staff are expected to move to the new building later this year. employ/hire/recruit staffa staff of 5/50, etc. They employ a core staff of 25 full-time employees.a member of staff/staff member As a result of our investigations, two members of staff have now left the organization. experienced/professional/trained staff full-time/part-time staff permanent/temporary staff clerical/office staff sales/kitchen/check-in staffstaff shortage/turnover/morale The hours are long, the work is dull, and staff turnover is high.

staffverb [T]

uk   /stɑːf/ us   HR, WORKPLACE
to provide workers for a particular organization: We are looking for up to 50 bilingual people to staff the call center.be staffed by/with The law centre is staffed by professional lawyers and advisers.
(Definition of staff from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of staff?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“staff” in Business English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

biodegrade

to decay naturally and in a way that is not harmful

Word of the Day

decision fatigue noun
decision fatigue noun
May 30, 2016
a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision fatigue.

Read More