Quick answer
"Operators" is a form of "operator", a noun which is often translated as "el operador". "Staff" is a noun which is often translated as "el personal". Learn more about the difference between "operators" and "staff" below.
operator
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (telecommunications)
a. el operador
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la operadora
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Let me put you back to an operator who can transfer the call.Te vuelvo a poner con un operador para que pase la llamada.
b. el telefonista
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la telefonista
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You can't call the help desk directly. You have to go through the operator.No se puede llamar directamente al servicio de asistencia. Hay que comunicarse a través del telefonista.
2. (person who operates equipment)
a. el operario
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la operaria
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Operators of this machine must wear safety goggles.Los operarios de esta máquina deben usar gafas protectoras.
b. el operador
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la operadora
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The cable car operator made sure the doors were closed properly.El operador del teleférico se aseguró de que las puertas estuvieran bien cerradas.
3. (commerce)
a. la empresa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
JBC is the biggest hotel operator In the country.JBC es la empresa hotelera más grande del país.
b. la compañía
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A private operator has taken over the municipal swimming pool.Una compañía privada se hizo cargo de la piscina municipal.
4. (mathematics)
a. el operador
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
In algebra we're learning about linear operators.En la clase de álgebra estamos estudiando los operadores lineales.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(shrewd or persuasive person; used with an adjective)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
That guy is a smooth operator, and I wouldn't trust him.Es un tipo vivo y yo no me fiaría de él.
These criminals are slick operators who know exactly who to target.Estos criminales son muy hábiles y saben elegir bien a sus víctimas.
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staff
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (personnel)
a. el personal
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The staff of the office works hard.El personal de la oficina trabaja mucho.
b. los empleados
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The staff went on strike.Los empleados se pusieron en huelga.
c. la plantilla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I became part of the company's staff in 2002.Me incorporé a la plantilla de la empresa en 2002.
d. la planta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
She's part of the staff at St. Andrew's Hospital.Forma parte de la planta del hospital de St. Andrew.
2. (military)
a. el Estado Mayor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The secretary-general of NATO leads the organization's staff.El secretario general de la OTAN está al mando del Estado Mayor de la organización.
3. (stick)
a. el bastón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He was clad in rags and used a staff to walk with.Iba cubierto de harapos y utilizaba un bastón para caminar.
b. el báculo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of a bishop)
The bishop's staff is made of gold.El báculo del obispo está hecho de oro.
4. (music)
a. el pentagrama
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You need to learn how to read the notes on the staff.Tienes que aprender a leer las notas del pentagrama.
5. (flagpole)
a. el asta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The flag was flying at half staff.La bandera ondeaba a media asta.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to provide with personnel)
a. dotar de personal
We are looking for people to staff the facilities.Estamos buscando a gente para dotar de personal las instalaciones.
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