faculty

noun
fac·​ul·​ty | \ ˈfa-kəl-tē How to pronounce faculty (audio) \
plural faculties

Definition of faculty

1 : ability, power: such as
a : innate or acquired ability to act or do man … how infinite in faculty— William Shakespeare
b : an inherent capability, power, or function the faculty of hearing
c : any of the powers of the mind (such as will, reason, or instinct) 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
2a : a branch of teaching or learning (such as law, medicine, or liberal arts) in an educational institution
b archaic : something in which one is trained or qualified
3a : the members of a profession
b : the teaching and administrative staff and those members of the administration having academic rank in an educational institution an excellent mathematics faculty
c faculty plural : faculty members many faculty were present
4 : power, authority, or prerogative given or conferred The state has the faculty to define treason.

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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

Examples of faculty in a Sentence

She's a member of the Harvard faculty. The school hired more faculty. a meeting with students and faculty She has a faculty for making friends. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
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Recent Examples on the Web Mike Pineda Councilman Mike Pineda, a faculty member at Estrella Mountain Community College, was first elected to the City Council in 2016. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Avondale mayor, 3 City Council seats up for grabs in election. Here's who's running," 20 Mar. 2020 The group includes 11 physician assistant students, four paramedic students, two health promotion students, two professional health administration students and one paramedic faculty member. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Alabama college students stranded in Peru by coronavirus: Trump says U.S. ‘looking to get them out’," 19 Mar. 2020 Other episodes have also bubbled to the surface, revealing what many students and some faculty members describe as a climate of racial insensitivity. New York Times, "Upheaval at Fashion Institute Over Accusations of Racism," 16 Mar. 2020 At Holy Trinity, an Episcopal school in Prince George’s County, officials told parents and staff that two faculty members have tested positive and recommended that students in the school's high school prep program self-quarantine through March 25. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, "Maryland restaurants, bars must shut down as coronavirus cases top 100 in Washington area," 16 Mar. 2020 Georgetown University, which has moved all classes online until further notice, told students that faculty members will be in touch about any adjustments. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "If you're a college student affected by coronavirus or the parent of one, here's what you need to know," 13 Mar. 2020 In order to give faculty members time to develop alternative ways to deliver courses, spring break is being extended a week. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "University of Alaska moves to halt most in-person classes, move students off campus due to coronavirus," 13 Mar. 2020 At Yale, a recent survey found that nearly a third of graduate and professional students from all fields had been harassed by a faculty member. NBC News, "Yale doctor was named 'diversity and inclusion' chair after being accused of sexual harassment, lawsuit says," 12 Mar. 2020 The University of Wisconsin Madison on Monday suggested that students and faculty members cancel their spring break trips, both in and outside of the U.S. because of the coronavirus. Benjamin Yount, Washington Examiner, "Wisconsin sees third coronavirus case, more places taking precautionary measures," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of faculty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for faculty

Middle English faculte "power, ability, field of knowledge, branch of learning at a university," borrowed from Anglo-French faculté, borrowed from Medieval Latin facultāt-, facultās (Latin, "power, ability, opportunity, quantity available"), from Latin *faklis, earlier form of facilis "easy, accommodating" + -tāt-, -tās -ty — more at facile

Note: Latin facultās presumably developed from an original *faklitāts (via *fakl̥tāts > *fakiltāts > facultās), and hence is a doublet of facilitās "quality of being easily performed" (see facility), a derivative formed after facilis had assumed its attested form (with *-klis > -cilis). The difference in meaning between the two derivatives suggests the original adjective *faklis may have meant something like "possessing the power, able" (whence "easily done," conforming to other adjectives in -ilis).

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“Faculty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faculty. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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faculty

noun
How to pronounce faculty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of faculty

: the group of teachers in a school or college
US : faculty members or teachers
: one of the powers of your mind or body

faculty

noun
fac·​ul·​ty | \ ˈfak-əl-tē How to pronounce faculty (audio) \
plural faculties

Kids Definition of faculty

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

faculty

noun
fac·​ul·​ty | \ ˈfak-əl-tē How to pronounce faculty (audio) \
plural faculties

Medical Definition of faculty

1a : 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
2a : 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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