Definition of faculty
1 : ability, power: such asa : 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 (as will, reason, or instinct) formerly held by psychologists to form a basis for the explanation of all mental phenomenad : natural aptitude <has a faculty for saying the right things>
2a : a branch of teaching or learning (as law, medicine, or liberal arts) in an educational institutionb archaic : something in which one is trained or qualified
3a : the members of a professionb : 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.>
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.
Origin and Etymology 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
FACULTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of faculty for English Language Learners
: the group of teachers in a school or college
faculty : faculty members or teachers
: one of the powers of your mind or body
FACULTY Defined for Kids
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 professionb: the teaching and administrative staff and those members of the administration having academic rank in an educational institution
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