how to pronounce staff


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the above transcription of staff is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

staff is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of staff in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… half-mast or half staff instead of …”

meanings of staff


  1. A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office.
  2. A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering.^W.
  3. A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
  4. The employees of a business.
  5. The rung of a ladder.
  6. An establishment of officers in various departments attached to an army, to a section of an army, or to the commander of an army. The general's staff consists of those officers about his person who are employed in carrying his commands into execution.
  7. A series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written; a stave.
  8. Misspelling of staph.
  9. A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
  10. An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
  11. The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
  12. A long, straight, thick wooden rod or stick, especially one used to assist in walking.


  1. To supply (a business, volunteer organization, etc.) with employees or staff members.

staff frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word staff occurs in english on average 72.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics staff can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that staff can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

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