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personnel

[ pur-suh-nel ]
/ ˌpɜr səˈnɛl /
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noun
a body of persons employed in an organization or place of work.
(used with a plural verb) persons: All personnel are being given the day off.
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Origin of personnel

1825–35; <French, noun use of personnel (adj.) personal <Late Latin persōnāle, neuter of persōnālis; replacing personal (noun), Anglicized form of French personnel; compare German Personal, variant of Personale,Italian personale.See matériel

usage note for personnel

2. Some usage guides object to the use of personnel as a plural. However, this use is well established and standard in all varieties of speech and writing. The use of personnel with a preceding number is largely restricted to business and government communications: Six personnel were transferred.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH personnel

personal, personnel
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How to use personnel in a sentence

  • Secondly, I will adopt the German system of prevoyance, in organising old age pensions for theatrical personnels.

    The Operatic Problem|William Johnson Galloway
  • Il aurait fallu les mettre dans la confidence de faits qui lui taient trop personnels.

British Dictionary definitions for personnel

personnel
/ (ˌpɜːsəˈnɛl) /

noun
the people employed in an organization or for a service or undertakingCompare materiel
  1. Also called: human resources the office or department that interviews, appoints, or keeps records of employees
  2. (as modifier)a personnel officer

Word Origin for personnel

C19: from French, ultimately from Late Latin persōnālis personal (adj); see person
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