Definition of personnel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpərsəˈnel/

plural noun

1People employed in an organization or engaged in an organized undertaking such as military service: many of the personnel involved require training sales personnel
More example sentences
  • Bonuses require military personnel to make a commitment to serve for a specified time.
  • There is also the phenomenon of US military personnel posting their own personal blogs.
  • There are little villages set up in the training area, and military personnel are tasked to play civilians.
staff, employees, workforce, workers, labor force, human resources, manpower, wage labor
informal liveware
1.1 short for personnel department.
Example sentences
  • For some organizations, the management of personnel can be seen as just one other asset to be managed.
  • She was transferred to the personnel and administrative department but given no work.
  • The ministry used to have only a few units, such as personnel and resources offices.


Early 19th century: from French (adjective used as a noun), contrasted with matériel 'equipment or materials used in an organization or undertaking'.

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Syllabification: per·son·nel

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