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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Thanks in large part to women who were first hired onto Interagency Hotshot Crews in the 1970s and ’80s, today women are present in every facet of the wildland fire world. Alex Potter, National Geographic, "The women battling wildfires and breaking barriers in the American wilderness," 13 Aug. 2020 The group aims to create space, opportunity, and awareness for people of color in every facet of the wine industry, from retail to restaurants and beyond. Sunset Magazine, "They Started a Foundation to Support Black Wine Professionals—Why Haven’t More Wineries Pitched In?," 24 Aug. 2020 All that is just a long way of illustrating that Prescott is the superior QB even without factoring in running ability, which is a facet of the offense the Cowboys would lose completely if Prescott had to miss extended time. John Owning, Dallas News, "Three players the Dallas Cowboys can’t afford to lose for an extended period of time due to injury," 21 Aug. 2020 But the Heat mostly surround him with scorers, minimizing the demand for that facet. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Does win total matter for Heat in seeding games?," 1 Aug. 2020 The 19-year-old TikTok star is high-kicking her way into every facet of our lives. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Addison Rae Talks Beauty, Podcasting, and Her Go-To Jeans," 21 July 2020 Diaz’s enduring appeal is a facet of his longevity. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Anti-abortion pastor runs strong in most left-wing district in America," 23 June 2020 Another important facet to outdoor living is outside shading such as sophisticated big umbrellas to Italian cabanas. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: Redecorating your condo during current situation is easy," 15 Aug. 2020 Each facet was about 35 micrometers in diameter, which suggests that this trilobite lived in a bright setting and needed to be able to navigate that brightness. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This 429 million-year-old trilobite eye is similar to those of modern insects," 13 Aug. 2020

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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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17 Sep 2020

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“Facet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facet. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of facet

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


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

Kids Definition of facet

: one of the small flat surfaces on a cut gem


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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