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
In May of 2003, Coleman Coliseum was crammed full of faculty, family, and friends who'd come to The University of Alabama campus for the big event.
First, given how important publications are for getting an entry-level faculty position, the trend in co-authorship deserves more attention.
Sheah Rarback is a registered dietitian on the faculty of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.
All 66,000 season tickets that year — including those to students and faculty — were sold.
A departing celebration is planned for faculty, staff and families of the district to offer Bailey and Weiss well-wishes.
The applicants, members of faculty at a research university, were given identical credentials for the applicants.
There was resistance in the past — and even now — from some segments of the faculty.
Students twice voted him Occidental’s best teacher, and his fellow teachers chose him as faculty president in the 1990s.
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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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