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 facet (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 Every undemocratic facet of our system—from the filibuster to the Electoral College to voter suppression to failing to make the District of Columbia a state—favors Republicans. Mary L. Trump, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 Golf’s cultural revolution can be seen in every facet of the game, perhaps most noticeably in the relaxing of dress codes. New York Times, 1 July 2021 Just making plays all over the field in any facet of the game. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 20 June 2021 Another facet of this house that isn’t particularly obvious on screen? Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 2 June 2021 Most of the work has looked at only one facet of the immune response — the creation of antibodies, which are simple to measure with a blood test. Author: Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2021 Discrimination was further entrenched through laws regulating every facet of Black life, including housing restrictions, legal segregation and racially motivated terrorism and lynchings. NBC News, 12 May 2021 Stigma negatively affects every facet of lung cancer, including awareness, funding and support to patients and caregivers. Gail Rosenblum, Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 Additionally, just as much as any other facet of online marketing, online reputation management requires the client to buy in. Danny Star, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021

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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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18 Sep 2021

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“Facet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facet. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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 facet (audio) \ adjective

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