noun, plural fac·ul·ties.
- 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.
- the teaching body, sometimes with the students, in any of these departments.
Origin of faculty
Synonyms for faculty
Related Words for facultiesinstitute, department, university, personnel, staff, dexterity, bent, adroitness, facility, intelligence, peculiarity, aptitude, sense, cleverness, quality, strength, capacity, genius, propensity, pistol
Examples from the Web for faculties
Contemporary Examples of faculties
Faculties of Arts and Sciences: How should science relate to the arts?Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
March 5, 2011
Historical Examples of faculties
Now there was something so compelling about her tone that he bent all his faculties to the task.Quaint Courtships
We have no idea of the Supreme Being but what we learn from reflection on our own faculties.
When he recovered his faculties his first sensation was one of great cold.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
The subject abstracted their attention, and engrossed all their faculties.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Men are not equal, either in their faculties or in their requirements.Freeland
noun plural -ties
- a department within a university or college devoted to a particular branch of knowledge
- the staff of such a department
- mainly US and Canadianall the teaching staff at a university, college, school, etc
Word Origin for faculty
early 16c., "powers or properties of one's self," also "physical functions;" plural of faculty.
late 14c., "ability, means, resources," from Old French faculté (14c.) "skill, accomplishment, learning," and directly from Latin facultatem (nominative facultas) "power, ability, wealth," from *facli-tat-s, from facilis (see facile).
Academic sense "branch of knowledge" probably was the earliest in English (attested in Anglo-Latin from late 12c.), on notion of "ability in knowledge." Originally each department was a faculty; the use in reference to the whole teaching staff of a college dates from 1767.