oxford views updated May 29 2018
fac·ul·ty / ˈfakəltē/ •
n. (pl. -ties) 1. an inherent mental or physical power: critical faculties. ∎ an aptitude or talent for doing something: the author's faculty for philosophical analysis.2. the teaching staff of a university or college, or of one of its departments or divisions, viewed as a body. ∎ a group of university departments concerned with a major division of knowledge: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
oxford views updated May 21 2018
ability, capacity; †branch of knowledge (from medL. facultas
); department of learning XIV; power, licence XVI. — (O)F. faculté
— L. facultās
, f. facilis FACILE
; see -TY2
gale views updated Jun 08 2018
members of a particular profession regarded as a body; a group of persons entrusted with the government and tuition in a college or university.
Examples: faculty of advocates, 1711; of physicians and surgeons, 1511.