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 Pentagon officials have also stressed the risks to the at least 70,000 U.S. personnel stationed under U.S. Central Command, which stretches from Egypt to Pakistan, if tensions with Iran spin out of control. Washington Post, "Pentagon urges restraint as administration blames Iran for Saudi strikes," 18 Sep. 2019 Whether Emery has the personnel to do so or not is irrelevant., "Unai Emery Needs to Answer Serious Questions About Arsenal's Defence Before it Costs Him His Job," 16 Sep. 2019 The Defense Department provides all of those things for the military personnel at Guantánamo, mostly National Guard forces and reservists who come and go on nine-month rotations. New York Times, "The Cost of Running Guantánamo Bay: $13 Million Per Prisoner," 16 Sep. 2019 But the Dolphins have a bright young coach who knows the Patriots’ personnel., "PREDICTION, OR DO YOU THINK DAN MARINO STILL GIVES HIS RECEIVERS ISOTONER GLOVES FOR CHRISTMAS?," 14 Sep. 2019 The safety of one dozen F/A-22 aircraft and the supporting personnel at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, are at risk, because of aircraft firing engines inside shelters that are not adequately vented. NBC News, "Trump's plan to pay for border wall with Air Force funds risks national security, report says," 13 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, the militarization of US foreign policy is reflected in the fact that the Pentagon budget is roughly 15 times the size of the State Department budget, and has 40 times the personnel. James W. Carden, Quartz, "Elizabeth Warren has a plan to fix the State Department and no one wants to talk about it," 13 Sep. 2019 The personnel at the Denver jail who participated in this cruel act should be held accountable. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Pregnant inmate deserved help; Voters will get final say; Seeing red at Colorado game (9/9/19)," 9 Sep. 2019 Derek is the first domino Coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock rebuilt the Raiders’ personnel with Carr in mind. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Five keys for Raiders in Monday night opener against Broncos," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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1 Nov 2019

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The first known use of personnel was in 1837

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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


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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