[ pur-suh–nel ]
/ ˌpɜr səˈnɛl /
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
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 (see usage note at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for personnel
- Also called: human resources the office or department that interviews, appoints, or keeps records of employees
- (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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