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


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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Of course, that doesn’t mean reporters are entitled to every facet of their lives. K.j. Yossman, Marie Claire, "Inside the Cutthroat World of Royal Gossips," 5 Sep. 2019 The economic impact is just one facet of an immigration debate that vibrates with political and moral import, challenging ideas about America’s identity and culture. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Economic Antidote for a Shrinking America: Immigrants," 22 Aug. 2019 Frequent engagement across the country, from Phoenix to Philadelphia, can remind everyday Americans and government alike of Britain’s commitment to every facet of the special relationship. Chris Gavin, National Review, "Can the U.S. Help the Post-Brexit U.K.?," 13 Aug. 2019 The lion, with its jumping head and dancing legs, was just one facet of the explosion of colors and sound during the festival, which commemorates the harvest and each person’s contributions in preparing for the year ahead. Lauren Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Chinatown’s August Moon Festival celebrates its 50th year," 11 Aug. 2019 Taste testing has not been a significant part of federal work since the Bureau lost its funding in 1962, but the use of tax money to pay for taste tests is still a regular facet of American life. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "The Government Taste Testers Who Reshaped America’s Diet," 9 Aug. 2019 An absence of desire is not an inevitable facet of aging for women, Davis says. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Testosterone Therapy Can Restore Women’s Libido—but Questions Remain," 30 July 2019 Trump's attorneys have never ruled out refusing to testify, noting that the campaign and administration have supplied Mueller's office with thousands of documents related to all facets of the investigation. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump testimony: Still no decision on whether he will talk to Mueller," 27 Feb. 2018 WIN Dwayne Haskins: 22/30, 313 yds, 5 TD, INT WIN Justin Fields: 18/25, 234 yds, 4 TD, 61 rush, TD WIN — Stephen Means (@Stephen_Means) August 31, 2019 Despite the solid debut, there are still facets of the game that could have seen improvement. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "Grading Justin Fields’ first game as Ohio State’s starting quarterback against Florida Atlantic," 31 Aug. 2019

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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 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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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