facet

noun
fac·​et | \ ˈfa-sət How to pronounce facet (audio) \

Definition of facet

1 : any of the definable aspects that make up a subject (as of contemplation) or an object (as of consideration) Each facet of the problem requires careful attention.
2 : a small plane surface (as on a cut gem) — see brilliant illustration
3 : the external corneal surface of an ommatidium
4 : a smooth flat circumscribed anatomical surface (as of a bone)

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Other Words from facet

faceted or facetted \ ˈfa-​sə-​təd How to pronounce facetted (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for facet

Synonyms

angle, aspect, hand, phase, side

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Examples of facet in a Sentence

Each facet of the problem requires careful attention. the different facets of our culture Which facet of his character is most appealing? the facets of a diamond
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There are so many facets of America, and a lot of the American story is untold. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "How I Get It Done: April Ryan, White House Correspondent," 20 Mar. 2018 There are multiple facets to the ‘98 Rumble, which Steve Austin won by last eliminating The Rock, including an appearance by Terry Funk as Chainsaw Charlie. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: Mark Henry Reflects on a Legendary Career; James Storm on Bobby Roode," 17 Jan. 2018 The remaining cell blocks are now open as a national monument, and worth a visit to understand a particularly brutal facet of the freedom struggle. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why India’s Andaman Islands Could Be the New Maldives," 4 Jan. 2019 Some families purposefully bring their kids to the truck to expose them to drag, which Hambleton sees as becoming another popular facet of American life, thanks, in part, to mainstream media like RuPaul’s Drag Race. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 'Texas Chili Queens' Behind the World's First and Only Drag Queen Food Truck," 1 Oct. 2018 Autobiography is one of the most important seedbeds for fiction, a way for the novel to illuminate new facets of reality. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Philip Roth, the Mandarin Joker," 23 May 2018 Michael Vallera has worked in a wide variety of Chicago bands including Cleared, Luggage, and Maar, exploring disparate facets of his musical interests, many of them aggressively loud. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Michael Vallera adds effective bite and tension to his latest album of ambient works," 17 May 2018 Classes such as the ones devised by Warner Bros. aim to demystify the industry for young people, exposing them to its many facets and not just the glamorous gigs in front of the camera. Ryan Faughnder, latimes.com, "Movie studio seeks a behind-the-scenes role in L.A. schools to help fix Hollywood's inclusion problem," 29 June 2018 His raw offensive game is a questionmark right now in most facets, and Bazley’s handle and jump shooting development will be the key areas to watch. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 60 Prospects," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of facet

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for facet

borrowed from French facette "individual surface (of an object with many surfaces, as a gem)," going back to Middle French fasette, from face face entry 1 + -ette -ette

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The first known use of facet was in 1622

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facet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of facet

: a part or element of something
: a small, flat surface on a jewel

facet

noun
fac·​et | \ ˈfa-sət How to pronounce facet (audio) \

Kids Definition of facet

: one of the small flat surfaces on a cut gem

facet

noun
fac·​et | \ ˈfas-ət How to pronounce facet (audio) \

Medical Definition of facet

: a smooth flat or nearly flat circumscribed anatomical surface the articular facet of a bone

Other Words from facet

faceted or facetted \ ˈfas-​ət-​əd How to pronounce facetted (audio) \ adjective

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