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1a: a body of persons usually employed (as in a factory or organization)
2: a division of an organization concerned with personnel
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 2007When 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 2006The 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, 1999The 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.
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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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“Personnel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/personnel. Accessed 1 Aug. 2020.
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: a group of people employed in a business or an organization
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