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 The school board did not vote on the recommendation, even though enough staff and faculty were ill that the district was in peril of closing 11 of its 65 schools. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 4 Jan. 2022 The Alamo Colleges require testing for staff and faculty, but for students, testing is voluntary. Claire Bryan, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Dec. 2021 University officials encouraged staff, faculty and staff to wear a mask, get a booster shot and follow other COVID-19 prevention strategies. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, 23 Dec. 2021 The new president will ultimately be hired by the board of trustees, which is made up of six appointees of former GOP Gov. Matt Bevin, four appointees of Gov. Andy Beshear and three representatives of staff, faculty and students. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 10 Dec. 2021 While each have their own personalities and operational nuances, the constant is that the staff and faculty are committed to serving the diverse needs of the community and work diligently to help students successfully meet their educational goals. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 29 Nov. 2021 The altars were created by student leaders, professional staff and faculty from the Center for Cultural Liberation, Dominican University Performing Arts Center, Rebecca Crown Library, and University Ministry. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, 8 Nov. 2021 You has now been made available to staff, faculty and students. Rob Dube, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 Students, staff and faculty resumed activities as scheduled on Sept. 27 at the school’s three historic buildings known as the White Stag Block along Northwest Couch Street, said spokeswoman Kay Jarvis. oregonlive, 7 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faculty. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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faculty

noun

English Language Learners Definition of faculty

: the group of teachers in a school or college
: 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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