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.

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

personal, personnel (see usage note at the current entry).

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. Unabridged
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personnel (ˌpɜːsəˈnɛl)
1.  Compare materiel the people employed in an organization or for a service or undertaking
2.  a.  Also called: human resources the office or department that interviews, appoints, or keeps records of employees
 b.  (as modifier): a personnel officer
[C19: from French, ultimately from Late Latin persōnālis personal (adj); see person]

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Word Origin & History

1837, from Fr. personnel (a contrastive term to materiél), noun use of personnel (adj.) "personal," from O.Fr. personel (see personal).
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Example sentences
New research suggests flexible workplaces promote personnel well-being and more
  healthful behavior from employees.
Using cranes or derricks to hoist personnel poses a significant risk to
  employees being lifted.
Rescue personnel will arrive shortly to help you.
There aren't enough divers in those areas, and it takes time to train personnel
  to dispose of lionfish.
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