Definitions for Personnelˌpɜr səˈnɛl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per•son•nel*ˌpɜr səˈnɛl(n.)

  1. the body of persons employed in an organization.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Business

    Ref: Compare materiél. 1

  2. (used with a pl. v.) persons.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. a department of an organization supervising matters of personnel.

    Category: Business

* Usage: 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 generally disapproved of; this use occurs chiefly in business and government communications: Five personnel were transferred.

Origin of personnel:

1825–35; < F, n. use of personnel (adj.) personal< LL persōnāle, neut. of persōnālis; r. personal (n.), Anglicized form of F personnel

Princeton's WordNet

  1. force, personnel(noun)

    group of people willing to obey orders

    "a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"

  2. personnel department, personnel office, personnel, staff office(noun)

    the department responsible for hiring and training and placing employees and for setting policies for personnel management


  1. personnel(Noun)

    employees; office staff

  2. Origin: From personnel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Personnel(noun)

    the body of persons employed in some public service, as the army, navy, etc.; -- distinguished from materiel


  1. Personnel

    As in any other field of human activity, specialized personnel constitute a key commanding resource to generate outcome.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. personnel

    Those individuals required in either a military or civilian capacity to accomplish the assigned mission.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Personnel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3017

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Personnel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4067

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Personnel' in Nouns Frequency: #1305

Translations for Personnel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the people employed in a firm, factory, shop etc; the staff

Our personnel are very highly trained; (also adjective) a personnel manager.

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