From Middle High German stap, stab, from Old High German stab, from Proto-Germanic *stabaz. 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.
- Russian: штаб m (štab)
- Stab in Duden online