personnel Definition

the people who are employed in a company, organization, or one of the armed forces.

Using personnel: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "personnel" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company has a large personnel department.

  • Example

    The military personnel were deployed to the warzone.

  • Example

    The hospital is short-staffed and needs more personnel.

  • Example

    The personnel manager is responsible for hiring and training new employees.

personnel Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for personnel

Phrases with personnel

  • a record of an employee's employment history, including personal information, job performance, and disciplinary actions


    The HR department keeps a personnel file for each employee.

  • a vehicle designed to transport military personnel and their equipment


    The army used a personnel carrier to transport soldiers to the battlefield.

  • a senior executive responsible for managing the personnel department and overseeing the recruitment, training, and development of employees


    The personnel director is responsible for ensuring that the company has a skilled and motivated workforce.

Origins of personnel

from French 'personnel', from 'personne' meaning 'person'


Summary: personnel in Brief

The term 'personnel' [ˌpɜːsəˈnel] refers to the people who work for a company, organization, or military. It includes staff, employees, and human resources. Examples include 'The company has a large personnel department.' and 'The personnel manager is responsible for hiring and training new employees.' Phrases like 'personnel file' and 'personnel carrier' denote specific contexts.

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