facet

noun

fac·​et ˈfa-sət How to pronounce facet (audio)
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)
faceted adjective
or facetted

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
Recent Examples on the Web There’s no obvious starting point, no beloved character to build from, no unique facet of gameplay that lends itself to an ongoing script. Ben Travers, IndieWire, 12 July 2024 As a result, the podcast finds, studies, and appreciates many facets of the human experience. Nick Kasmik, USA TODAY, 26 June 2024 This is especially true for Disney, which relies on new movies to fuel its parks business, toy sales and other facets of its corporate entertainment apparatus. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2024 There is a chance the Royals find a similar trade in July. KC will look to evaluate all facets of the organization with just over a month until final decisions will be made. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for facet 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of facet was in 1622

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Cite this Entry

“Facet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facet. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

facet

noun
fac·​et ˈfas-ət How to pronounce facet (audio)
1
: a small plane surface (as on a cut gem)
2
: a definable aspect of something
explained all facets of the company
3
: the surface of a functional unit of vision of a compound eye
faceted
ˈfas-ət-əd
adjective

Medical Definition

facet

noun
fac·​et ˈfas-ət How to pronounce facet (audio)
ˌfa-ˈset
: a smooth flat or nearly flat circumscribed anatomical surface
the articular facet of a bone
faceted adjective
or facetted

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