Meaning of “skeleton” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun uk us /ˈskelɪtən/

B2 [ C ] the structure made of all the bones in the body of a person or animal:

the skeleton of a dog
a skeleton crew/staff/service

the smallest number of people that you need to keep an organization working:

The Red Cross has withdrawn all but a skeleton staff from the country.

(Definition of “skeleton” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)