Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The body of persons employed by or active in an organization, business, or service.
  • n. Persons.
  • n. An administrative division of an organization concerned with the body of persons employed by or active in it and often acting as a liaison between different departments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. employees; office staff

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The body of persons employed in some public service, as the army, navy, etc.; -- distinguished from matériel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The body of persons employed in any service, especially a public service, as the army, navy, etc., in contradistinction to the matériel, or material, which consists of guns, stores, tools, machines, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the department responsible for hiring and training and placing employees and for setting policies for personnel management
  • n. group of people willing to obey orders

Etymologies

French, from Old French, personal, from Latin persōnālis; see personality.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French personnel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the world of business organizations, the term personnel administration is steadily giving way to a new term—human resources development.

    Stress and the Manager

  • Missing the personnel is the big thing in this pa ...

    08/31/2005

  • Missing the personnel is the big thing in this particular event.

    08/31/2005

  • The restaurant association declined to comment on what it termed "personnel matters that allegedly took place nearly 15 years ago."

    NYT > Home Page

  • Citing privacy issues surrounding what she called a personnel decision, McGuire would not explain the reason for Favret's removal.

    The Shad Plank

  • - The University of Kansas said Tuesday it is investigating what it calls a personnel matter concerning football coach Mark Mangino, whose team is mired in a five-game losing streak that threatens to ruin the season.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • Kansas said Tuesday it is investigating what it calls a personnel matter concerning football coach Mark Mangino, whose team is mired in a five-game losing streak that threatens to ruin the season.

    ESPN.com

  • Adjusting for severance, our controllable cost, which we define as personnel costs and operating costs declined over 9\% relative to the third quarter of last year.

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  • And "personnel" is a fancy, bureaucratic word that doesn't mean a thing.

    January 2005

  • Late last year, AFSCME locals 1514 and 3298, along with the Aurora Fire Officers Association, agreed to concessions that helped the city trim nearly $7.2 million in personnel costs for 2010.

    City of Aurora's Labor Union Negotiations Continue with Mixed Progress, Complaints and Counter-Complaints

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