personnel

[pur-suh-nel]
noun
1.
a body of persons employed in an organization or place of work.
2.
(used with a plural verb) persons: All personnel are being given the day off.

Origin:
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.
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personnel (ˌpɜːsəˈnɛl)
 
n
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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personnel
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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Public safety personnels' access to the home can be hampered or blocked.
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