staff - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the people who work for a particular company, organization, or institution: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

    It is a small hospital with a staff of just over a hundred.

    The staff are not happy about the new arrangement.

    full-time/part-time staff:

    The embassy employs around 50 people on its full-time staff.

    join the staff:

    She joined the staff in 1996.

    a member of staff:

    Peter became a very valued member of staff.

    1. b.
      the people who do paid work in a place, rather than the other people there: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

      Staff and residents enjoyed the show.

    2. c.
      [only before noun] relating to the staff
      a staff shortage:

      They blame staff shortages for the delay.

  2. 3
    [countable] music the set of lines on which music is written