faculty


fac·ul·ty

noun \ˈfa-kəl-tē\

: the group of teachers in a school or college

faculty : faculty members or teachers

: one of the powers of your mind or body

plural fac·ul·ties

Full Definition of FACULTY

1
:  ability, power: as
a :  innate or acquired ability to act or do
b :  an inherent capability, power, or function <the faculty of hearing>
c :  any of the powers of the mind formerly held by psychologists to form a basis for the explanation of all mental phenomena
d :  natural aptitude <has a faculty for saying the right things>
2
a :  a branch of teaching or learning in an educational institution
b archaic :  something in which one is trained or qualified
3
a :  the members of a profession
b :  the teaching and administrative staff and those members of the administration having academic rank in an educational institution
c faculty plural :  faculty members <many faculty were present>
4
:  power, authority, or prerogative given or conferred

Examples of FACULTY

  1. She's a member of the Harvard faculty.
  2. The school hired more faculty.
  3. a meeting with students and faculty
  4. She has a faculty for making friends.
  5. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Origin of FACULTY

Middle English faculte, from Anglo-French faculté, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin facultat-, facultas branch of learning or teaching, from Latin, ability, abundance, from facilis facile
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

fac·ul·ty

noun \ˈfak-əl-tē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural fac·ul·ties

Medical Definition of FACULTY

1
a : an inherent capability, power, or function <the faculty of hearing> <digestive faculty> b : one of the powers of the mind formerly held by psychologists to form a basis for the explanation of all mental phenomena
2
a : the members of a profession b : the teaching and administrative staff and those members of the administration having academic rank in an educational institution

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