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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Aside from paring his own roster, Belichick has to check in with his staff in the pro personnel department to keep up with what’s going on across the league in case players of interest become available. Jim Mcbride,, "Now comes the hard part for Patriots coach Bill Belichick," 29 Aug. 2019 Based on evidence gathered by Castle Hills police, Wenger had been charged with tampering with evidence and fraudulent possession of identification information, allegedly taken from City Manager Ryan Rapelye’s personnel file. Scott Huddleston,, "Castle Hills council drama far from over as power struggle continues in San Antonio suburb," 28 Aug. 2019 Gruden’s father, Jim, spent his life in football, coaching in high school, college and the NFL until moving into personnel. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Mayock and Gruden’s mirror images in football philosophy began with burgers and beer," 22 Aug. 2019 The officers administered medical aid until relieved by San Diego Fire-Rescue Department personnel, and Stevenson was transported to a local hospital, where died. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man killed in house-party shooting identified," 20 Aug. 2019 In 2014, a jury convicted Slatten and three other contractors — Paul Alvin Slough, Evan Shawn Liberty and Dustin Laurent Heard— who were part of a four-vehicle convoy that was protecting State Department personnel in the area. NBC News, "Former Blackwater security contractor sentenced to life in Iraq shootings," 14 Aug. 2019 Flores has never been a head coach on any level and started with the Patriots in the personnel department as a Scott Pioli hire. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Dolphins' Brian Flores pushes Patriots principles, hopes to buck Belichick disciple trend," 8 Aug. 2019 Schafer said Binzer, who will remain as auxiliary bishop, will no longer be in charge of the priest personnel department. Dan Horn,, "Shake-up at archdiocese: Cincinnati's No. 2 bishop failed to share complaints about priest," 5 Aug. 2019 No fire department personnel were on board when the fire happened, and no one is believed to have been injured in the incident, the fire department said. Michelle Lou, CNN, "A firetruck caught on fire in Texas," 28 July 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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