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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
A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office.
A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering.^W.
A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
The employees of a business.
The rung of a ladder.
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.
A series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written; a stave.
Misspelling of staph.
A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
A long, straight, thick wooden rod or stick, especially one used to assist in walking.
To supply (a business, volunteer organization, etc.) with employees or staff members.