noun fac·et \ˈfa-sət\

: a part or element of something

: a small, flat surface on a jewel

Full Definition of FACET

:  a small plane surface (as on a cut gem) — see brilliant illustration
:  any of the definable aspects that make up a subject (as of contemplation) or an object (as of consideration)
:  the external corneal surface of an ommatidium
:  a smooth flat circumscribed anatomical surface (as of a bone)
fac·et·ed or fac·et·ted \ˈfa-sə-təd\ adjective

Examples of FACET

  1. Each facet of the problem requires careful attention.
  2. the different facets of our culture
  3. Which facet of his character is most appealing?
  4. the facets of a diamond

Origin of FACET

French facette, diminutive of face
First Known Use: 1625

Other Jewelry Terms

bijou, brilliant, chase, lapidary, paste

Rhymes with FACET

FACETTED Defined for Kids


noun fac·et \ˈfa-sət\

Definition of FACET for Kids

:  one of the small flat surfaces on a cut gem
Medical Dictionary


noun fac·et \ˈfas-ət\

Medical Definition of FACET

:  a smooth flat or nearly flat circumscribed anatomical surface <the articular facet of a bone>
fac·et·ed or fac·et·ted \ˈfas-ət-əd\ adjective


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