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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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 While beauty is a vital facet of expressing herself, Osaka puts the highest premium on self-care for her everyday wellbeing. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Naomi Osaka on Her Off-Court Makeup Routine, Tending to Her Curls, and Restorative Ice Baths," 23 Aug. 2019 Jefferson was great in piling up the yards a year ago, but other facets of his game were understandably lacking. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson confident his game will show improvement in 2019: Day 16 recap," 19 Aug. 2019 Driving all these efforts, and others, is Feinstein’s admiration of music otherwise marginalized from TV, radio and other facets of our popular culture. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Before his Ravinia show, Michael Feinstein talks about his ever-expanding reach of art and advocacy," 13 Aug. 2019 There are other facets to measuring the addictive potential of a drug, too, and there are even researchers who argue that no drug is always addictive. Eric Bowman, CNN, "The five most addictive substances in the world," 23 Jan. 2019 My presence in your Court as a suspect and prisoner highlights multiple facets of dictatorship. New York Times, "Ugandan Academic Jailed for Insulting President on Facebook," 3 Aug. 2019 That goes for editing help and promotions and every facet of the process. Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "The First Book," 24 July 2019 People dress in costumes to represent facets of life in the vineyards: insects like ants and grasshoppers; or pests like raisin-pecking starlings; young lovers frolicking among the vines; droughts and storms that confound winegrowers. Jamey Keaten, chicagotribune.com, "Swiss celebrate once-in-a-generation winegrowers’ fest," 24 July 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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