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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County police would not release the results of its investigation or the name of the officer, citing the need to keep the officer’s personnel record private. Liz Bowie,, "White Baltimore County officer disciplined after black city school principal alleges police verbally abused him," 17 Sep. 2019 At any one time, around 60 scientific personnel will be working onboard the research icebreaker Polarstern; they will be shuttled back and forth by sea, when possible, or air. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Marooned: Researchers Will Freeze Their Ship into Arctic Ocean Ice for a Year," 17 Sep. 2019 The personnel deficiencies are exacerbated by Jim Schwartz’s scheme, which routinely put his corner on an island. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "5 NFL contenders that should trade for Jalen Ramsey," 16 Sep. 2019 Nearly 2,100 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the blaze, which is burning in remote mountainous terrain about 150 miles northeast of Sacramento. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "See images of the massive Walker fire from space," 16 Sep. 2019 Backup offensive lineman Steven Jones, who has been used in certain personnel packages in place of Dallas Warmack at right guard and also as an additional blocker, suffered a stinger but is expected to be available this week. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks WR Juwan Johnson (calf) continues to practice, OC Jake Hanson ‘being evaluated,’ multiple injured starters expected to play vs. Stanford," 16 Sep. 2019 As its offense finds itself, Clemson is leaning on its defense – which has been as dominant as 2018, never mind all of those personnel losses. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Football Four Playoff Projection: Clemson, LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma plus Georgia, Ohio State," 15 Sep. 2019 This sounds like an obvious one, but admissions personnel rarely address this question fully. David Klein, Quartz, "The US doesn’t have a student debt problem. It has a college tuition crisis," 12 Sep. 2019 In February, the IAF carried out strikes against terror camps in Pakistan after around 40 paramilitary personnel were killed in a terror attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama town. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Abhinandan Indians! Your watch could now carry a piece of IAF history," 11 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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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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