personnel

noun
per·​son·​nel | \ ˌpər-sə-ˈnel \

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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Military personnel, who have been funded separately, will still receive a 2.6 percent raise. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump orders federal pay freeze for 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Prince William and Kate Middleton are in Cyprus today visiting military personnel ahead of the holidays, and although their children didn't tag along, the couple was sure to share stories about them during the trip. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Says Prince Louis Is Practicing His Royal Wave," 5 Dec. 2018 Presidential motorcades typically encompass more than a dozen vehicles, including Secret Service counter assault teams, medical personnel, White House aides and the press corps. David Nakamura, The Seattle Times, "Trump uses eight-vehicle motorcade to travel 250 yards to greet George W. Bush," 4 Dec. 2018 Another problem with some ship personnel working from shore: Navies need to assume that their warships will be jammed or forced to operate without emitting radar and communications signals that enemy forces could use to locate them. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Future Warships Could Be Sailed Remotely with Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality," 27 Nov. 2018 Awareness is key—just recognizing that when our veterans return from war, there are people, beyond medical personnel, who have to be there with them every step of the way. Sonia Yulfo, Marie Claire, "My Dad Was Injured in Afghanistan. Now I Take Care of Him Full-Time," 12 Nov. 2018 Either way, the priorities will stay the same and the new US Space Command will likely include all of the personnel currently working within the Joint Force Space Component command. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Space Command is coming back, but Space Force still needs approval from Congress," 18 Dec. 2018 The Military Times database covers everything from a crushed foot suffered onboard a C-17A Globemaster in 2017 to a 2010 Army helicopter crash in Puerto Rico that resulted in the loss of six Army personnel and their UH-72 Lakota helicopter. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What's Behind the Stark Rise in U.S. Military Accidents?," 6 Dec. 2018 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge held a holiday celebration for the families and children of the Royal Air Force personnel serving in Cyprus. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Got Caught in an Adorable Snowball Fight," 4 Dec. 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 \

Kids Definition of personnel

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

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