English Online Dictionary. What means faculty? What does faculty mean?
From Middle English faculte (“power, property”), from Old French faculte, from Latin facultas (“capability, ability, skill, abundance, plenty, stock, goods, property; in Medieval Latin also a body of teachers”), another form of facilitas (“easiness, facility, etc.”), from facul, another form of facilis (“easy, facile”); see facile.
- IPA(key): /ˈfæ.kəl.ti/
faculty (plural faculties)
- (chiefly US) The academic staff at schools, colleges, universities or not-for-profit research institutes, as opposed to the students or support staff.
- A division of a university.
- Often in the plural: an ability, power, or skill.
- An authority, power, or privilege conferred by a higher authority.
- (Church of England) A licence to make alterations to a church.
- The members of a profession.
In the sense of academic staff at a university, academic staff, teaching staff or simply staff are preferred in British English.
- See also Thesaurus:faculty
- faculty in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- faculty in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.