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[pur-suh-nel] /ˌpɜr səˈnɛl/

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.
the people employed in an organization or for a service or undertaking Compare materiel


1837, from French personnel (a contrastive term to matériel), noun use of personnel (adj.) “personal,” from Old French personel (see personal).


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