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 Green factors include student assignment, faculty hiring, extracurricular activities, student transportation and discipline. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Huntsville chips away at 57-year-old school desegregation order," 12 Jan. 2020 In 1995, Boston University established a faculty chair in Mr. Burson’s name. BostonGlobe.com, "Harold Burson, considered a giant in public relations, dies at 98," 12 Jan. 2020 Now, Karstens raced from the interview to tell Peter Laub, faculty adviser for the student newspaper, the Lasso. Washington Post, "Public schools in Virginia can censor student journalists any time, for any reason. A proposed law would change that.," 12 Jan. 2020 That’s because state law here requires all public employees with supervisory responsibilities, including faculty and administrators, to disclose any significant outside income or assets to the secretary of state. Haru Coryne, ProPublica, "Use This Tool to Find Potential Conflicts of Interest At Public Universities. We Did.," 10 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, faculty are continuing to protest at City College. Nanette Asimov, SFChronicle.com, "SF identifies the 14 classes for older adults it rescued from City College," 9 Jan. 2020 This was used by the CSA faculty and students, and the Wipro team. Rohini Krishnamurthy, Quartz India, "How India’s premier science institute fired up Wipro’s growth as an IT giant," 5 Jan. 2020 According to a TIAA Institute study published in 2016, fewer than one in 10 women faculty are full professors. Sarah Sax, Wired, "Geoengineering’s Gender Problem Could Put the Planet at Risk," 18 Dec. 2019 In one survey, nearly half of female medical students reported being harassed by faculty or staff. Megan Thielking, STAT, "At Time’s Up Healthcare, a new leader seeks inclusiveness to boost ‘a mission and a movement’," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

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“Faculty.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faculty. Accessed 20 January 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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