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
Examples from the Web for 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|David Davis|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Is it the faculty of reason, or perhaps, the faculty for discourse?
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|DAILY BEAST
The chairperson at Doe's disciplinary was faculty member Dennis Conway.Is UMass-Amherst Biased Against Male Students in Title IX Assault Cases?|Emily Shire|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Love is capable of seeing clearer and deeper than any other faculty.The Heart of Nature|Francis Younghusband
One faculty, standing unmoved in the storm of emotions which had overwhelmed him, perceived this.The House of Mystery|William Henry Irwin
He expatiated with great profoundness and fertility of ideas, on the uses to which a faculty like this might be employed.Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist|Charles Brockden Brown
This Blitheman perceiving that he had a natural geny to the faculty, spared neither time nor labor to advance it to the utmost.Dealings With The Dead|A Sexton of the Old School
To neglect a faculty is by no means synonymous with developing it.The Curse of Education|Harold E. Gorst
British Dictionary definitions for faculty
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 Canadian all the teaching staff at a university, college, school, etc
Word Origin for faculty
Word Origin and History 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.