What does the phrase "a staff restaurant" mean? I found it in the Oxford Dictionary here.


  1. [countable, usually singular, uncountable] all the workers employed in an organization considered as a group
    • medical staff
    • (British English) teaching staff
    • (British English) We have 20 part-time members of staff.
    • (North American English) staff members
    • staff development/training
    • a staff restaurant/meeting
  • What is difference between 'restaurant staff' and 'a staff restaurant'? – AnhLe May 10 '18 at 8:07
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    You should read about noun adjuncts, also called attributive nouns or noun modifiers. In English, one noun can be used to modify another; the second noun is the "real" noun, and the first one acts like an adjective. So "restaurant staff" is "staff, of the restaurant" and "staff restaurant" is "a restaurant, of the staff". – stangdon May 10 '18 at 11:35

A staff restaurant is a restaurant for use by the workers (staff) of a company.

The restaurant staff are the workers (staff) of a restaurant.

Unfortunatly, as staff restaurant is a relatively uncommon term, the best reference for it is from crossword puzzles

Canteen: Staff Restaurant
Cafeteria: Staff Restaurant

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