el personal
-the staff
See the entry for personal.


An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (particular)
a. personal
Cada uno tiene el derecho a su opinión personal de las nuevas reglas de la empresa.Everyone has the right to their personal opinion of the new company rules.
2. (private)
a. personal
¿Puedo hacerte una pregunta personal? No contestes si no quieres.Can I ask you a personal question? You don't need to answer if you don't want to.
3. (individual)
a. personal
Voy a pedir una pizza personal y una malteada.I'm going to order a personal pizza and a shake.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
4. (employees)
a. staff
El personal decidió hacer huelga durante tres días para protestar por los bajos salarios.The staff decided to go on strike for three days to protest their low salaries.
b. personnel
Todo el personal debe asistir a cursos de actualización.All personnel must attend refresher courses.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(persons in general)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. people
Se nota que el personal estuvo de juerga anoche.It's pretty obvious people were partying last night.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
6. (basketball)
a. personal foul
¡Árbitro, esa ha sido personal!Referee, that was a personal foul!
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (privado, íntimo)
a. personal
una opinión/pregunta personala personal opinion/question
personal e intransferiblenon-transferable
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (trabajadores)
a. staff, personnel
personal de a bordocabin crew
personal docenteteaching staff
personal mínimoskeleton staff
personal en plantillain-house staff
personal sanitariohealth workers
personal de tierraground crew
3. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
el personalpeople
4. (en baloncesto)
a. personal foul
1 (plantilla) staff; personnel; especialmente (Mil) force; (Náutica) crew; complement
estar falto de personal to be shorthanded o shortstaffed
personal de cabina cabin staff o crew
personal de exterior surface workers
; (p)
personal de interior underground workers
; (p)
personal de servicios maintenance staff
personal de tierra (Aeronáutica) ground crew; ground staff
2 (gente) people
había mucho personal en el cine there was a big crowd in the cinema
quedarse con el personal to be a hit with people
(Baloncesto) personal foul
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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