Definitions for Facultyˈfæk əl ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fac•ul•ty*ˈfæk əl ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. an ability, natural or acquired, for a particular kind of action.

  2. one of the powers of the mind, as memory, reason, or speech.

  3. an inherent capability of the body.

  4. the entire teaching and administrative force of a university, college, or school. one of the departments of learning, as theology, medicine, or law, in a university.

    Category: Education

  5. the members of a learned profession.

  6. a power or privilege conferred by the state, a superior, etc.

* Syn: See ability.

Origin of faculty:

1350–1400; ME < AF, MF < L facultās ability, power

Princeton's WordNet

  1. faculty, mental faculty, module(noun)

    one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind

  2. staff, faculty(noun)

    the body of teachers and administrators at a school

    "the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. faculty(noun)ˈfæk əl ti

    the teachers in a college or university

    We asked the faculty for their opinion.; faculty members

  2. facultyˈfæk əl ti

    in some countries, a department of a college or university

    ***the English faculty


  1. faculty(Noun)

    The scholarly staff at colleges or universities, as opposed to the students or support staff.

  2. faculty(Noun)

    A division of a university (e.g. a Faculty of Science or Faculty of Medicine).

  3. faculty(Noun)

    An ability, skill, or power.

    He lived until he reached the age of 90 with most of his faculties intact.

  4. Origin: From faculte, from faculte, from facultas, another form of facilitas, from facul, another form of facilis; see facile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Faculty(noun)

    ability to act or perform, whether inborn or cultivated; capacity for any natural function; especially, an original mental power or capacity for any of the well-known classes of mental activity; psychical or soul capacity; capacity for any of the leading kinds of soul activity, as knowledge, feeling, volition; intellectual endowment or gift; power; as, faculties of the mind or the soul

  2. Faculty(noun)

    special mental endowment; characteristic knack

  3. Faculty(noun)

    power; prerogative or attribute of office

  4. Faculty(noun)

    privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence, to do a particular thing; authority; license; dispensation

  5. Faculty(noun)

    a body of a men to whom any specific right or privilege is granted; formerly, the graduates in any of the four departments of a university or college (Philosophy, Law, Medicine, or Theology), to whom was granted the right of teaching (profitendi or docendi) in the department in which they had studied; at present, the members of a profession itself; as, the medical faculty; the legal faculty, ect

  6. Faculty(noun)

    the body of person to whom are intrusted the government and instruction of a college or university, or of one of its departments; the president, professors, and tutors in a college


  1. Faculty

    A faculty is a division within a university comprising one subject area, or a number of related subject areas. In American usage such divisions are generally referred to as colleges or schools, but may also mix terminology. The medieval University of Paris, which served as a model for most of the later medieval universities in Europe, had four faculties: the Faculties of Theology, Law, Medicine, and finally the Faculty of Arts, from which every student had to graduate in order to continue his training in one of the other three, sometimes known as the higher faculties. The privilege to establish these four faculties was usually part of all medieval charters for universities, but not every university could do so in practice. The Faculty of Arts took its name from the seven liberal arts: the trivium and the quadrivium. In German, Scandinavian, Slavic and other universities, the name for this faculty would more often literally translate as 'faculty of philosophy'. The degree of Magister Artium derives its name from the Faculty of Arts, while the degree of Doctor of Philosophy originates within German education and derives its name from the German name of the Arts faculty.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Faculty

    The teaching staff and members of the administrative staff having academic rank in an educational institution.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Faculty' in Nouns Frequency: #2122

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a power of the mind

the faculty of reason.

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