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
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.
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.
While Harvard is a global brand, Faust, 69, inherited an administration in turmoil after the tumultuous tenure of Summers, a former U.S. Treasury Secretary who clashed with faculty.
Faculty and university officials in the state are concerned about what else might be prevented by the bill's overly vague language, according to the local Cap Times.
The teacher, who has not been identified, serves as the faculty...
Faculty speaker Mary Negley recognized the class for its positive influence on the school.
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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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