per·​son·​nel ˌpər-sə-ˈnel How to pronounce personnel (audio)
: a body of persons usually employed (as in a factory or organization)
personnel plural : persons
: a division of an organization concerned with personnel

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.
Recent Examples on the Web There are approximately 648 US military personnel still deployed in Niger, according to the White House. Michael Rios, CNN, 12 Apr. 2024 The victim was taken to a local hospital in serious condition by medical personnel. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12 Apr. 2024 But personnel were determined to keep working to identify the corpses and bring closure to mourning families. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 11 Apr. 2024 On March 3, police and EMS personnel responded to a call about an unresponsive infant, Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens said in a Facebook post on April 10. Lauren Liebhaber, Kansas City Star, 11 Apr. 2024 The next day, the city agreed to a deal with the union that Westlake be reinstated and serve a 71-day suspension without pay for his violations, according to the agreement document in his personnel file. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 Onsite security personnel have been added at the two locations from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., said Mandy Mills, the city’s director of housing and homeless services. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2024 Al Shola Gas currently employs 93 personnel and operates a fleet of over 50 trucks which service the company's nearly 10,000 active residential gas supply contracts and 570 commercial supply contracts. Miami Herald, 9 Apr. 2024 Utah courts will also be required to train judges and other court personnel to better recognize domestic violence and address child safety in custody cases. Michael Squires, ProPublica, 8 Apr. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of personnel was in 1837

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Cite this Entry

“Personnel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


per·​son·​nel ˌpərs-ᵊn-ˈel How to pronounce personnel (audio)
: a group of persons employed (as in a public service, a factory, or an office)

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