Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

faculty - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun faculty pronunciation in British English /ˈfæk(ə)lti/
Word Forms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [countable] a department or group of departments in a university
    the Faculty of Medicine
    the Law Faculty
  2. 2
    [uncountable] American all the teachers in a university, college, or school
    a meeting for students, faculty, and administrators
  3. 3
    [countable] [often plural] a natural physical or mental ability that most people have
    faculty of: the faculty of speech
    mental faculties (=the ability to think clearly): He had not lost his mental faculties.
    critical faculties (=the ability to make judgments about things): For the moment her critical faculties seemed to have deserted her.
    be in full possession of your faculties (=have all the normal mental and physical abilities): Mrs Findlay was in full possession of all her faculties.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog