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
Examples from the Web for faculty
Contemporary Examples of faculty
All students and faculty in the UT community should support the cause of fairness in admissions.The University of Texas’s Machiavellian War on Its Regent
October 27, 2014
Is it the faculty of reason, or perhaps, the faculty for discourse?The Bioethicist Turned Butcher
September 28, 2014
Second, the Charles Koch Foundation would at least partially control which faculty members Florida State University hired.Koch Foundation to College: We’ll Give You Millions—if You Teach Our Libertarian Ideology
Center for Public Integrity
September 12, 2014
The chairperson at Doe's disciplinary was faculty member Dennis Conway.Is UMass-Amherst Biased Against Male Students in Title IX Assault Cases?
August 18, 2014
Calvin faculty have shaped Christian discourse in important ways since its founding in 1876.The Christian Reformed Church Still Won’t Stand Up For Science
Karl W. Giberson
June 29, 2014
Historical Examples of faculty
Miss Hilton, a member of the Overton faculty, would chaperon her.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Hold your tongue, simpleton; it is not for you to control the decrees of the faculty.
Why resist, and refuse the glory of belonging to the faculty?
The faculty that distinguishes a weak animal or person from a strong one.The Devil's Dictionary
At least, must not the faculty that finds precede the faculty that utters?A Dish Of Orts
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
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.