personnel

noun
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 Australian military personnel are supporting 1,500 firefighters who were battling 60 blazes across the state. USA TODAY, "Emergency declared in Australia due to 'catastrophic' and 'unprecedented' wildfire danger," 12 Nov. 2019 Those in support of ending the Little Rock union’s recognition have said more teachers will be represented by the district setting up a personnel policies committee made up of teachers that would offer advice on salaries and other issues. Washington Post, "Little Rock teachers to go on strike over district’s control," 11 Nov. 2019 Fogo de Chão: Enjoy 50% off meals for veterans and active duty personnel. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are more than 150 Veterans Day deals for the Nov. 11 holiday," 11 Nov. 2019 Veterans and active duty personnel will receive 50 percent off regular dinner pricing on Nov. 11. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Veterans Day 2019: Where can veterans eat free today? Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Cracker Barrel, more," 11 Nov. 2019 Fire: South Court Street Police and Medina Fire Department personnel responded to a residential fire at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Ring worth $1,500 reported stolen: Medina Police Blotter," 11 Nov. 2019 But the Great Recession a decade ago forced many states to make widespread budget and personnel cuts. Michelle Minkoff, The Denver Post, "Thousands face risk because of aging U.S. dams, including some in Colorado, AP finds," 10 Nov. 2019 Officers gave medical aid until fire personnel arrived and took over. Kristi Belcamino, Twin Cities, "Man dies Sunday after being shot in North Minneapolis on Saturday," 10 Nov. 2019 The school's facility management personnel reportedly humanely trapped the raccoons, and an animal rescuer released them back into the wild that night. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Raccoons Take Shelter in Arkansas State University Library," 9 Nov. 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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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of personnel was in 1837

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personnel

noun
How to pronounce personnel (audio)

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 How to pronounce personnel (audio) \

Kids Definition of personnel

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

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