facetiae

plural noun
fa·​ce·​ti·​ae | \ fə-ˈsē-shē-ˌē How to pronounce facetiae (audio) , -ˌī \

Definition of facetiae

: witty or humorous writings or sayings

First Known Use of facetiae

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for facetiae

borrowed from Latin facētiae "amusing things, jests," plural of facētia (also in plural with singular meaning) "cleverness, aptness of expression, wit," from facētus "clever, choosing or judging adeptly, witty" + -ia -ia entry 1 — more at facete

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“Facetiae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facetiae. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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