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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Recent Examples on the Web Police and Tempe Fire Medical Rescue personnel responded to the intersection at around 8 a.m. after receiving reports of a crash involving a vehicle and a bicyclist, department spokesperson Det. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, 15 Sep. 2021 Regulatory budgets were cut and regulatory personnel felt that they weren't appreciated or adequately supported. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Distance learning was a challenge last year because IT personnel couldn’t interact with users in person and had to help teachers, students and parents by phone, Mack told the school board at its Monday night meeting. Rafael Guerrero,, 14 Sep. 2021 Emergency personnel at the Cullman Regional Medical Center then began searching for a cardiac ICU bed in the area. Vanessa Etienne,, 13 Sep. 2021 The statement said the personnel will train to drive 7D vehicles, vans that can carry up to 10 passengers. Steve Almasy, CNN, 13 Sep. 2021 Biden will visit the area on Monday and receive a briefing from emergency response personnel on the impacts of recent wildfires in the state. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021 Residents were being asked to avoid those areas to facilitate access to the fire for emergency personnel. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Sep. 2021 Police and medical personnel arrived at the scene at about 2:08 a.m. and found the man with a gunshot wound to the head. oregonlive, 13 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of personnel was in 1837

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18 Sep 2021

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“Personnel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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 : human resources


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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