From Middle High German stap, stab, from Old High German stab. Cognate with English staff, Dutch staf, Swedish stav, Old Norse stafr. The meaning co-workers is secondary: in the German word Generalstab (“General Staff”) the meaning changed from the staff as a symbol of authority to the group of military officers and later to any group of co-workers.
- ^ “Stab” in: Friedrich Kluge, “Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache” , 22. Auflage, 1989, bearbeitet von Elmar Seebold, ISBN 3-11-006800-1
- Stab in Duden online