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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Send information about promotions, appointments and personnel moves in the Washington region to Washington Post, "Washington-area appointments and promotions for Sept. 16," 17 Sep. 2019 The investigation reviewed personnel records for every priest serving in Missouri since 1945 — more than 2,000 priests and 300 deacons, seminarians and religious women, Schmitt said. Fox News, "Missouri AG refers 12 former Catholic priests for potential prosecution after abuse probe," 14 Sep. 2019 The Texans fired Gaine in June and operate without a general manager with coach Bill O'Brien holding the authority on personnel matters while working in tandem with several individuals, including Olsen and executive Matt Bazirgan. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' $33 million Nick Martin deal represents rare in-season extension," 11 Sep. 2019 These could include tweaks to the strategy, small divestitures, personnel changes a couple of levels below Stephenson, or adding a new director or two. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "The Battle Between AT&T and its Angriest Investor is Just Getting Started. Here’s What to Watch for Next," 10 Sep. 2019 His biggest personnel move was convincing quarterback Peyton Manning to sign as a free agent. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "State of the Broncos: Expectations low, but confidence high entering regular season," 8 Sep. 2019 The flurry of moves as preseason ended illustrated serious urgency for the Texans coach, who also has final say on the personnel moves. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Six NFL rookie coaches are on the hot seat for the first time as season opens," 7 Sep. 2019 One of the reasons there hasn't been a free flow of information on the disciplinary cases is a state law that keeps police personnel records secret. CBS News, "Eric Garner's family seeks testimony of Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014 chokehold death," 28 Aug. 2019 Among those on his staff is former Bengals personnel director and Moeller defensive coordinator Jim Lippincott. Scott Springer,, "Eastern Cincinnati Conference football improving year by year," 21 Aug. 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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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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