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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That’s because when light enters a stone, how that light is bent and reflected depends on the arrangement of the stone’s facets. Mandy Behbehani, SFChronicle.com, "How to choose a lab-grown diamond," 10 June 2019 Then there are those who worry the same subject over and over again, as if every novel, every story, is but a facet of a single, monumental concern. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Aleksandar Hemon’s Lost Eden," 6 June 2019 There are numerous facets to supporting optimal gut health. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 9 Best Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies," 15 May 2019 People like Sasha Pieterse Sheaffer, Gabby Frost, Elyse Fox, Jari Jones, and Jazmine Alcon will all get real for the campaign, creating a natural community that advocates for using Instagram as a platform to share all facets of our lives. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "The #RealConvo Campaign Wants to Make Instagram a More Honest Place," 2 May 2019 It wasn’t derived from opposition research into some facet of her life. James Freeman, WSJ, "Gender, Likability and Opportunity," 7 Jan. 2019 In Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab tests, the carbonation helped loosen soil and removed debris trapped in the settings and on the facets. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Jewelry Like a Pro," 7 May 2019 Amidst the headlines and outcry, Black fashion designers keep doing the work: creating and advocating for more inclusive fashion through their products and every single facet of their business. Amira Rasool, Glamour, "What It Means to Be a Black Fashion Designer," 1 May 2019 ThinkGeek, purveyor of gadgets for practically every glorious facet of geek culture, is having a huge sale today across its entire site. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "ThinkGeek is offering 50 percent off everything until 5PM ET," 3 Dec. 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) , ˌfa-ˈset\

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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