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
1577, in the meaning defined above
“Facetiae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facetiae. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.
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