[ fak-uhl-tee ]
/ ˈfæk əl ti /

noun, plural fac·ul·ties.

Nearby words

  1. facultative,
  2. facultative anaerobe,
  3. facultative apomict,
  4. facultative hyperopia,
  5. facultative parasite,
  6. faculty of advocates,
  7. fad,
  8. fadden,
  9. faddish,
  10. faddist

Origin of faculty

1350–1400; Middle English faculte < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin facultāt- (stem of facultās) ability, power, equivalent to facil(is) easy (see facile) + -tāt- -ty2; cf. facility

Related formsin·ter·fac·ul·ty, noun, plural in·ter·fac·ul·ties, adjectivepro·fac·ul·ty, adjectiveun·der·fac·ul·ty, noun, plural un·der·fac·ul·ties.

Synonym study

1. See ability.

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British Dictionary definitions for faculties


/ (ˈfækəltɪ) /

noun plural -ties

one of the inherent powers of the mind or body, such as reason, memory, sight, or hearing
any ability or power, whether acquired or inherent
a conferred power or right
  1. a department within a university or college devoted to a particular branch of knowledge
  2. the staff of such a department
  3. mainly US and Canadianall the teaching staff at a university, college, school, etc
all members of a learned profession
archaic occupation

Word Origin for faculty

C14 (in the sense: department of learning): from Latin facultās capability; related to Latin facilis easy

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Medicine definitions for faculties


[ făkəl-tē ]


A natural or specialized power of a living organism.

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