facete

adjective
fa·​cete | \ fə-ˈsēt How to pronounce facete (audio) \

Definition of facete

archaic

First Known Use of facete

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for facete

borrowed from Latin facētus "clever, choosing or judging adeptly, witty," of uncertain origin

Note: Associated by ancient writers, sometimes in a punning manner, with faciō, facere "to do, make" (see fact), though this etymology is plausible neither semantically nor derivationally. A modern etymology connects it with fac-, fax "torch, light" (see facula), assuming an earlier meaning "bright" for facētus, shifting to "clever," though the assumption of a noun *facēs parallel to fax is questionable.

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“Facete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facete. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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