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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Synonyms for faculty

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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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Students would stop and check on faculty throughout the day. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 Strauss joined Ohio State in 1978 and was on the faculty and medical staff. CBS News, "Ohio State doctor who killed himself accused of decades-long sexual misconduct," 6 July 2018 Strauss joined Ohio State in 1978 and was on the faculty and medical staff. Kantele Franko, Washington Post, "Ex-athletes say Ohio State doc groped, ogled men for years," 6 July 2018 Strauss joined Ohio State in 1978 and was on the faculty and medical staff. Kantele Franko, Adnrew Welsh-huggins, John Seewer, Cincinnati.com, "Ex-athletes say Ohio State doc groped, ogled men for years," 6 July 2018 House serves on the fiction faculty at the Spalding MFA in Creative Writing and as the NEH Chair at Berea College. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Catch this national bestselling author in Louisville this week," 1 June 2018 The free event, which is open to the public, will also celebrate the retirement of John Madormo, who has been the station’s general manager and on the broadcast communication faculty for 38 years. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 4 May 2018 Joel Peterson is on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and is the chairman of the Board of Overseers at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, as well as the chairman of the Board at JetBlue Airways. Joel Peterson, Fortune, "Commentary: How Can Facebook Avoid More Trouble Ahead? Implement User Warnings.," 27 Apr. 2018 Just as some members of the orchestra traditionally teach at the Cleveland Institute of Music, so do others serve on the faculty at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra announces plan to conduct residency at Baldwin Wallace University," 24 Apr. 2018

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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

noun

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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