fac·et | \ˈfa-sət \

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 \ adjective

Synonyms for facet


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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Shoe retail, just like every other facet of retail, is under tremendous pressure right now. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Shoe czar Stuart Weitzman says this spring it's all about straps, flats and booties| Elizabeth Wellington," 19 Apr. 2018 The snooker table, by contrast, is like a vacuum; every facet is controllable, every shot theoretically possible. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "‘To Be Number One Is the Target.’ China’s Ding Junhui Is Taking on the World Snooker Championship," 19 Apr. 2018 Once Stella first learned of her terminal cancer diagnosis, her supportive family decided to fabricate a fairytale of a metaphorical bubble around the young woman, where every single facet of it was perfect. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Life Sentence Isn't Pretty Little Liars, & That's A Good Thing," 7 Mar. 2018 After six seasons, the transplanted New York designers' enthusiasm for exploring every facet of the L.A. lifestyle past and present hasn't waned. Booth Moore, The Hollywood Reporter, "Wolk Morais Taps Into Midcentury California Cool For Runway Show," 27 June 2018 The same could become true of Kyle Walker, who thanks to the Spaniard's tutelage now has the facets to his game to play in a centre back role that Southgate has boldly opted for. SI.com, "England Success in Russia Would Show Rising Influence of Pochettino and Guardiola in English Game," 21 June 2018 The Foster Falcons took care of business in all facets Friday morning at Red & Charline McCombs Field. Rob Tate, Houston Chronicle, "Foster downs top-ranked Arlington Heights to advance to first state title game," 1 June 2018 Andrew Wilson, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Rhiannon, said work on all the mechanical facets — such as upgrading water lines and installing sprinklers and a gas line for cooking — now has been completed. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brandywine in Cedarburg is gearing up for a June opening with a Midwestern menu," 7 May 2018 Meanwhile, despite all the energy spent to promote the medicinal facet of the plant, arrests for simple marijuana possession are actually increasing in both states. Chris Goldstein, Philly.com, "A cynical stoner looks back on 4/20," 23 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of facet

: a part or element of something

: a small, flat surface on a jewel


fac·et | \ˈfa-sət \

Kids Definition of facet

: one of the small flat surfaces on a cut gem


fac·et | \ˈfas-ət \

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 \ adjective

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a state of commotion or excitement

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