The meaning of staff

noun, plural staffs for 1–5, 9; staves  [steyvz] or staffs for 6–8, 10, 11.

  • a group of persons, as employees, charged with carrying out the work of an establishment or executing some undertaking.
  • a group of assistants to a manager, superintendent, or executive.


  • of or relating to a military or organizational staff:
  • a staff officer; staff meetings.
  • (of a professional person) employed on the staff of a corporation, publication, institution, or the like rather than being self-employed or practicing privately:

verb (used with object)

  • to provide with a staff of assistants or workers:
  • to serve on the staff of.