Staff vs Collective - What's the difference?

staff | collective |

As a proper noun staff

is .

As an adjective collective is

formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation.

As a noun collective is

a farm owned by a collection of people.



(wikipedia staff)


  • (label) A long, straight stick, especially one used to assist in walking.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1927, author= F. E. Penny
  • , chapter=4, title= Pulling the Strings , passage=The case was that of a murder. It had an element of mystery about it, however, which was puzzling the authorities. A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff .}}
  • A series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written.
  • (label) The employees of a business.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=December 16, author=Denis Campbell, work=Guardian
  • , title= Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients' , passage=Most staff do not have the skills to cope with such challenging patients, who too often receive "impersonal" care and suffer from boredom, the first National Audit of Dementia found. It says hospitals should introduce "dementia champions".}}
  • (label) A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering.
  • A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Methought this staff , mine office badge in court, / Was broke in twain.
  • *Sir (c.1564-1627)
  • All his officers brake their staves'; but at their return new ' staves were delivered unto them.
  • A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
  • (label) The rung of a ladder.
  • * Dr. J. Campbell (E. Brown's Travels)
  • I ascend at one [ladder] of six hundred and thirty-nine staves .
  • A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
  • * (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Cowley found out that no kind of staff is proper for an heroic poem, as being all too lyrical.
  • (label) An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
  • (label) The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
  • (label) 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.
  • Synonyms

    * (music) stave * (employees) personnel * See also

    Derived terms


    See also

    * truncheon * club * cudgel * stick * baton * bludgeon * rod * cane


    (en verb)
  • to supply (a business) with employees
  • collective



  • Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation.
  • (obsolete) Deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring.
  • * Sir Thomas Browne
  • critical and collective reason
  • (grammar) Expressing a collection or aggregate of individuals, by a singular form; as, a collective name or noun, like assembly'', ''army'', ''jury , etc.
  • Tending to collect; forming a collection.
  • * Young
  • Local is his throne to fix a point, / A central point, collective of his sons.
  • Having plurality of origin or authority; as, in diplomacy, a note signed by the representatives of several governments is called a collective note.
  • Derived terms

    * collectiveness * collectively


    (en noun)
  • A farm owned by a collection of people.
  • (especially, in communist countries) One of more farms managed and owned, through the state, by the community.
  • (grammar) A collective noun or name.
  • (by extension) A group dedicated to a particular cause or interest.
  • * 2005 , Zoya Kocur, Simon Leung, Theory in contemporary art since 1985 (page 76)
  • There are, however, a number of contemporary artists and art collectives that have defined their practice precisely around the facilitation of dialogue among diverse communities.

    Derived terms

    * collectivize * collective noun

    See also

    * collective fruit (Botany), that which is formed from a mass of flowers, as the mulberry, pineapple, and the like; -- called also multiple fruit.


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