personnel

noun
per·​son·​nel | \ ˌpər-sə-ˈnel How to pronounce personnel (audio) \

Definition of personnel

1a : a body of persons usually employed (as in a factory or organization)
b personnel plural : persons
2 : a division of an organization concerned with personnel

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Examples of personnel in a Sentence

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 When the staff returned to the Oval Office, Bush's mood was upbeat, according to a White House aide who was present (and who, like all White House personnel quoted in this story, follows a policy of not being quoted by name). — Richard Wolffe et al., Newsweek, 19 June 2006 The doorway that sheltered them from the rain leads to government offices now, but in Franco's time the building was a political prison. Its personnel and their diligent labours earned the place a charming nom de guerre—the House of Screams. — A. L. Kennedy, On Bullfighting, 1999 The only firm rule is: Armored personnel carriers have the right of way. — P. J. O'Rourke, Holidays in Hell, 1988 Over 10,000 military personnel were stationed in the country. They've reduced the number of personnel working on the project. Talk to personnel if you have any questions about your health insurance. She's the director of personnel.
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People sought refuge on the roof and they were removed by fire department personnel. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Three People Were Injured in a Fire at Manhattan's Last Gilded Age Mansion," 11 Dec. 2018 An officer broke a front side window to remove the child, who was assessed by rescue personnel, police said. Jackson Cote, BostonGlobe.com, "Milford woman is arrested after leaving child locked in car," 5 July 2018 No reported injuries to fire personnel or civilians. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Fire Just Broke Out at Coachella 2019 & the Footage Is Insane," 13 Apr. 2019 The service included a funding request to convert an expeditionary fast transport ship typically used to move troops and equipment around to instead harbor medical facilities and personnel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Wants a New 'Ambulance Ship' to Treat War Wounded," 26 Mar. 2019 When time and money are the main barriers preventing governments from using evidence — rather than, say, a lack of relevant research or a lack of interest — small investments in personnel can be powerful. Meagan Neal, Vox, "It’s hard to design good policies. This simple idea can help governments do it.," 21 Dec. 2018 Shiru vends only to university students and personnel. Graham Ambrose, BostonGlobe.com, "Free coffee — with a catch — is coming to Massachusetts," 14 July 2018 July 17 is Taco Tuesday, and the Freedom celebrate Hometown Heroes Night for firefighters, emergency medical personnel and police. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "You have to see how cute the Fiona snow globe is," 11 July 2018 The last test, on July 31, ended prematurely with Vandenberg personnel sending a self-destruct command due to some unspecific anomaly spotted during the flight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Kazakhstan picks SpaceX, SLS cost savings, Minuteman test," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of personnel

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for personnel

French, from German Personale, Personal, from Medieval Latin personale, from Late Latin, neuter of personalis personal

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personnel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of personnel

: 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

personnel

noun
per·​son·​nel | \ ˌpər-sə-ˈnel How to pronounce personnel (audio) \

Kids Definition of personnel

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

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