plural noun

fa·​ce·​ti·​ae fə-ˈsē-shē-ˌē How to pronounce facetiae (audio)
: witty or humorous writings or sayings

Word History


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

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of facetiae was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Facetiae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facetiae. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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