noun per·son·nel \ˌpər-sə-ˈnel\

: the people who work for a particular company or organization

: a department within a company or organization that deals with the people who work for it

Full Definition of PERSONNEL

a :  a body of persons usually employed (as in a factory or organization)
b personnel plural :  persons
:  a division of an organization concerned with personnel

Examples of PERSONNEL

  1. Over 10,000 military personnel were stationed in the country.
  2. They've reduced the number of personnel working on the project.
  3. Talk to personnel if you have any questions about your health insurance.
  4. She's the director of personnel.
  5. Women are also underrepresented as police force members, composing less than 13 percent of sworn personnel, despite the proven benefits of having more women in blue, such as less use of excessive force and improved response to domestic violence. —Cortney Rock, Ms., Winter 2007


French, from German Personale, Personal, from Medieval Latin personale, from Late Latin, neuter of personalis personal
First Known Use: 1837

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite
PERSONNEL Defined for Kids


noun per·son·nel \ˌpər-sə-ˈnel\

Definition of PERSONNEL for Kids

:  a group of people employed in a business or an organization


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