facet

noun
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

Synonyms

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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During the dinner service, chefs will lead discussions about their own and other women’s experiences across various facets of the food world, inviting fellow chefs, brewers, farmers, ceramicists, honey-makers and more to share candidly with diners. Noor Brara, Vogue, "How a Woman-Led Dinner Series, and the Country’s Best Chefs, Are Changing the Culinary Status Quo," 2 Apr. 2019 This performative facet of their relationship made the song all that more emotional, raw, and intimate to fans. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ has come full circle as an extremely online event," 6 Nov. 2018 Don’t expect Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) of Sharp Objects to sit you down, and meticulously explain each facet of her family history. refinery29.com, "Who Is Camille's Father In Sharp Objects?," 9 July 2018 The viper is a blend between a linebacker and safety, and plays a role in seemingly every facet of the game. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football commitment Joey Velazquez a fit in defensive scheme," 23 June 2018 Here’s another interesting facet: As part of its plan to fund new media entities like the Colorado Sun, Civil Media plans to unveil a new token this summer called CVL. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Ex-Denver Post Journalists Launch New Media Venture on the Blockchain," 18 June 2018 Karl Lagerfeld was one of a kind in every facet of life. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karl Lagerfeld’s Wittiest, Most Iconic, and Most Outrageous Quotes of All Time," 19 Feb. 2019 So there are a number of different facets that go into making our trips incredibly sustainable and environmentally friendly. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Leigh Barnes of the Intrepid Group on Being a More Conscious Traveler," 16 Nov. 2018 Two recent studies explore different facets of the cultural barriers standing in the way of better HPV vaccine uptake. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Cultural barriers still stand in the way of HPV vaccine uptake," 4 Nov. 2018

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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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facet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of facet

: a part or element of something
: a small, flat surface on a jewel

facet

noun
fac·​et | \ ˈfa-sət How to pronounce facet (audio) \

Kids Definition of facet

: one of the small flat surfaces on a cut gem

facet

noun
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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