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 Cuomo said the city will deploy 400 enforcement personnel to ensure compliance. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "New York City Set to Bring Back Indoor Dining on Sept. 30," 10 Sep. 2020 The problem with armed militia, though, should be an obvious one: They're not trained as law enforcement personnel and should have no role assisting police during a riot. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | OTHERS SAY: Kenosha," 29 Aug. 2020 No new cases of coronavirus among law enforcement personnel were reported by the sheriff’s office Monday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Party crackdowns, desk shields, broken glass: News from around our 50 states," 25 Aug. 2020 The only difference in personnel between the two seasons is the subtraction of Malik Harrison. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Al Washington debuts at No. 1 in 247Sports recruiter rankings: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 19 Aug. 2020 He was named director of scouting the next year and later held roles in player personnel, including assistant general manager. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Carroll Hardy, Athlete With a Unique Distinction, Dies at 87," 13 Aug. 2020 Several law enforcement personnel waded into the Royal Palms processing center and other facilities to join the search. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber," 12 Aug. 2020 The Cowboys are once again in 21 personnel but are running a wham concept, where Aaron Donald (No. 99) is left initially unblocked so that Jamize Olawale can then use his upfield penetration against him to wall Donald off from the hole. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: What separates Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott from his peers?," 7 Aug. 2020 Sixty-three is the usual number of polling places opened in the county, and Slusar wrote that the local board is sticking to that number despite the reduction in available personnel. James Whitlow,, "400 Harford election judges opt out of November election due to coronavirus fears; could result in longer lines at polling places," 5 Aug. 2020

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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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17 Sep 2020

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“Personnel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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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