Definition of faculty
1 : ability, power: such asa : innate or acquired ability to act or do man … how infinite in faculty — William Shakespeareb : an inherent capability, power, or function the faculty of hearingc : 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 phenomenad : 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 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 facultyc 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.
Recent Examples of faculty from the Web
The 7-2 vote included four abstentions by faculty representative Enid Trucios-Haynes, James Rogers, Bonita Black and Schnatter.
After Puliafito stepped down as dean, the Times reported, USC kept him on faculty as a professor of ophthalmology and health management.
Efforts to obtain a response Wednesday from Irwin Jacobs, who served as Salk’s chairman for the past decade before stepping down late last year, were unsuccessful, as were attempts to reach several faculty members.
For example, Tiger Pantry provides free food for students and faculty.
Now that the match is set for Aug. 26, the conversation has pivoted to whether McGregor can survive with faculties intact, much less win.
The advisors of the film, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities include, Matthew Frye Jacobson and Jonathan Holloway, distinguished members of the history faculty at Yale University.
The academic ethics code commissioned by pro-settlement Education Minister Naftali Bennett would bar university and college faculty from conducting political activity on campus, including an unbalanced airing of political views.
According to the college's incoming president, Vivia Lawton Fowler, the findings of the Journal-Constitution line up with research done over the past two years by college faculty and students.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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 facultyb: 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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