American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The body of persons employed in some public service, as the army, navy, etc.; -- distinguished from
- 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
- From French personnel. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, personal, from Latin persōnālis; see personality. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the world of business organizations, the term personnel administration is steadily giving way to a new term—human resources development.”
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“Missing the personnel is the big thing in this particular event.”
“The restaurant association declined to comment on what it termed "personnel matters that allegedly took place nearly 15 years ago.”
“Citing privacy issues surrounding what she called a personnel decision, McGuire would not explain the reason for Favret's removal.”
“- 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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“And "personnel" is a fancy, bureaucratic word that doesn't mean a thing.”
“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.”
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