[ fak-uhl-tee ]
/ ˈfæk əl ti /
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noun, plural fac·ul·ties.



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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

synonym study for faculty

1. See ability.


in·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.
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British Dictionary definitions for faculty

/ (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 Canadian all 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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Medical definitions for faculty

[ făkəl-tē ]


A natural or specialized power of a living organism.
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