May 12, 2014 - Word of the Day: staff
A staff is a group of workers. In particular, this word is used for offices, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, schools, and organizations. Although the word "staff" refers to members of a group, in American English this word is usually singular; in British English, it's plural.
- The staff at that company is threatening to quit. (American English)
- The office staff are away on vacation. (British English)
- The company has a very large staff.
- The administration is meeting with faculty and staff. (faculty = teachers; staff = office workers and support)
- A cafeteria is available for hospital staff and visitors to the hospital.
- They need to find an office space for a staff of over 100 people.
- Several new staff members need to be trained on office software. (This sentence uses "staff" as an adjective.)
This company has a small staff.
When the word "staff" is used as a verb, it means to put people into positions:
Note: There are other words used to describe groups of workers:
- crew - used for construction and sailing
- team - used for small groups of people
- faculty - used for teachers and professors
- group - used for just about anything
- firm - used by lawyers and accountants
- shift - people who work a particular time
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