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faculty

noun fac·ul·ty \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

Synonym Discussion of FACULTY

gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature <the gift of singing beautifully>. faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function <a faculty for remembering names>. aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it <a mechanical aptitude>. bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability <a family with an artistic bent>. talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed <has enough talent to succeed>. genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability <has no great genius for poetry>. knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance <the knack of getting along>.

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis
FACULTY Defined for Kids

faculty

noun fac·ul·ty \ˈfak-əl-tē\
plural fac·ul·ties

Definition of FACULTY for Kids

1
:  ability to do something :  talent <He has a faculty for making friends.>
2
:  one of the powers of the mind or body <the faculty of hearing>
3
:  the teachers in a school or college
Medical Dictionary

faculty

noun fac·ul·ty \ˈfak-əl-tē\
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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