Definition of facet
1 : a small plane surface (as on a cut gem) — see brilliant illustration
2 : 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.
3 : the external corneal surface of an ommatidium
4 : a smooth flat circumscribed anatomical surface (as of a bone)
facettedplay \ˈfa-sə-təd\ adjective
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
Origin and Etymology of facet
French facette, diminutive of face
First Known Use: 1622
FACET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of facet for English Language Learners
: a part or element of something
: a small, flat surface on a jewel
FACET Defined for Kids
Definition of facet for Students
: one of the small flat surfaces on a cut gem
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