Definition of personnel in English:


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’
    • ‘In addition, the number of service personnel is three times that of the passengers.’
    • ‘The support it offers to British service personnel and their widows and families is vital.’
    • ‘We invited Service personnel along to answer questions from anxious families.’
    • ‘There is also the phenomenon of US military personnel posting their own personal blogs.’
    • ‘The emergency services personnel ran into bomb sites to get people out.’
    • ‘We have got to let our service personnel know we are thinking about them and wish a speedy end to this situation.’
    • ‘British service personnel are helping to stabilise the security situation.’
    • ‘Bonuses require military personnel to make a commitment to serve for a specified time.’
    • ‘There are little villages set up in the training area, and military personnel are tasked to play civilians.’
    • ‘The various reviews will demand a restructuring of the service, more personnel and a lot more cash.’
    • ‘Now do you accept that is a useful and effective way of protecting the lives of our service personnel?’
    • ‘Military personnel will also have access from inside the camp perimeter.’
    • ‘A barn owl had a new lease of life after it was rescued by fire service personnel at Teynampet.’
    • ‘He came up with all kinds of ways to send messages from the military personnel to their families.’
    • ‘It seems the time has come for military personnel to be given the right of conscience.’
    • ‘It is understood large numbers of military personnel were boarding aircraft.’
    • ‘There is also the problem of Service personnel being away from friends and family.’
    • ‘Firefighters were also at the scene, and a group of military personnel waited at the edge of the cordon.’
    • ‘The contract also includes training military personnel in the use of the tools.’
    • ‘The service personnel must be above board to gain the respect and assistance of the public.’
    staff, employees, workforce, workers, labour force, manpower, human resources, people, men and women
    crew, team, force, organization
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      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For some organizations, the management of personnel can be seen as just one other asset to be managed.’
      • ‘We called them downright funny, and we laughed all the way to the personnel office.’


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