From Middle English faculte (“‘power, property’”) < Old French faculte < Latin facultas (“‘capability, ability, skill, abundance, plenty, stock, goods, properly, ML. also a body of teachers’”), another form of facilitas (“‘easiness, facility, etc.’”) < facul, another form of facilis (“‘easy, facile’”); see facile.
- The scholarly staff at colleges or universities, as opposed to the students or support staff.
- A division of a university (e.g. a Faculty of Science or Faculty of Medicine).
- An ability, skill, or power.
- He lived until he reached the age of 90 with most of his faculties intact.
- See also Wikisaurus:faculty
- Faculty in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- Faculty in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911