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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Silver said summer league brought roughly 3,000 NBA personnel — between teams, the league office and media — to Nevada this July. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Could NBA’s secret labor weapon be clear-the-air Jordan? Adam Silver hopes so," 11 July 2018 Roughly 1,000 army and navy personnel, along with volunteers, join the search. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Thai Cave Rescue Mission: A Day-by-Day Timeline," 7 July 2018 Gorsuch stepped into the EPA’s helm, hatching plans to cut its budget and personnel by half. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 2018 Unlike the earlier armored personnel carrier, a lightly armored and lightly armed vehicle which merely dropped off infantry troops at the edge of the battlefield, the infantry fighting vehicle was meant to carry troops into combat. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s Next Fighting Vehicle Will Be a Troop Carrier," 28 June 2018 Emergency personnel, including an off-duty nurse who was driving by, got to him quickly. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trevor Thompson survived Erin Hills air blimp crash. This is the rest of the story," 13 June 2018 The vehicle, known as an armored personnel carrier and equipped with treads reminiscent of a tank, came to a halt about 9:40 p.m. in an intersection near the state Capitol. The Washington Post,, "Armored personnel carrier taken from military base in Virginia," 6 June 2018 The vehicle, known as an armored personnel carrier, and equipped with treads reminiscent of a tank, came to a halt about 9:40 p.m. in a Richmond, Va., intersection near the state capitol. Martin Weil,, "Armored personnel carrier taken from military base in Virginia," 6 June 2018 The vehicle, an unarmed personnel carrier stolen from the Virginia National Guard, was driven away from Fort Pickett at approximately 7:50 p.m., according to a release from police. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Virginia police chase stolen military vehicle, stopping it near state Capitol building," 5 June 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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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 \

Kids Definition of personnel

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

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