AskDefine | Define faculty

Dictionary Definition



1 one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind [syn: mental faculty, module]
2 the body of teachers and administrators at a school; "the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university" [syn: staff]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /fækʊltiː/


  1. The scholarly staff at colleges or universities, as opposed to the students or support staff.
  2. A division of a university (e.g. a Faculty of Science or Faculty of Medicine).
  3. An ability, skill, or power.
    He lived until he reached the age of 90 with most of his faculties intact.


scholarly staff at colleges or universities
division of a university
ability, skill, or power

Extensive Definition

Faculty may refer to:
  • Faculty (university), a division of a university or the academic staff of a university
  • Faculty (instrument), an instrument or warrant in canon law, especially a judicial or quasi-judicial warrant from an ecclesiastical court or tribunal
  • The Faculty, a horror/sci-fi movie by Robert Rodriguez
  • The mechanisms for any one of the human senses or physiological methods of perception (i.e. sight, hearing, touch, etc.)
  • Indriya, "spiritual faculties" in Buddhism
faculty in German: Fakultät
faculty in French: Faculté
faculty in Dutch: Faculteit
faculty in Norwegian: Fakultet
faculty in Russian: Факультет (значения)
faculty in Swedish: Fakultet

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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