faculty

faculty

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English

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfæ.kəl.ti/

Noun

faculty (plural faculties)

  1. (chiefly US) The academic staff at schools, colleges, universities or not-for-profit research institutes, as opposed to the students or support staff.
  2. A division of a university.
  3. Often in the plural: an ability, power, or skill.
  4. An authority, power, or privilege conferred by a higher authority.
  5. (Church of England) A licence to make alterations to a church.
  6. The members of a profession.

Usage notes

In the sense of academic staff at a university, academic staff, teaching staff or simply staff are preferred in British English.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:faculty

Related terms

  • facultative

Translations

Further reading

  • faculty in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • faculty in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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