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 Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz confirmed the account was associated with a university faculty member in an email to the campus community on Tuesday. Vanessa Arredondo, SFChronicle.com, "UC Merced launches probe into professor’s anti-Semitic tweets," 30 Dec. 2020 Jovanovich, who has been a UNO faculty member for 40 years, will receive the award during a ceremony April 27. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "UNO engineering professor honored, and more metro college news," 23 Dec. 2020 Robert Murphy, a Fort Lauderdale consumer lawyer and a University of Florida law school faculty member, fears tighter credit and more repos may be in store over the long term. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Repo men face a big year in 2021 as car payments go overdue," 21 Dec. 2020 Superpedestrian was founded eight years ago by Chief Executive Assaf Biderman, a faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who specializes in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Superpedestrian Gets $60 Million Funding Boost in New York Push," 21 Dec. 2020 We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great Arabic musician and longtime Global Musician Workshop faculty member Bassam Saba. NBC News, "Pfizer vaccine nears authorization for use," 12 Dec. 2020 According to a biography published by Google, Lewis was the first Black faculty member at the London School of Economics, and the first Black instructor to receive full professorship at Princeton University. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Google pays tribute to economist and pioneer Sir W. Arthur Lewis," 11 Dec. 2020 Redlick, 47, is charged with killing Michael Redlick, a 65-year-old University of Central Florida faculty member found dead at their Temple Drive home nearly two years ago. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Winter Park woman accused of stabbing husband: I was manipulated by bogus child abuse probe," 7 Dec. 2020 We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great Arabic musician and longtime Global Musician Workshop faculty member Bassam Saba. NBC news, "Bassam Saba, prominent figure in Arabic music, dies from Covid complications," 4 Dec. 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 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for faculty

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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