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)

Other Words from facet

faceted or facetted \ ˈfa-​sə-​təd How to pronounce facet (audio) \ adjective

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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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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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1 Aug 2022

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“Facet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facet. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of facet

: one of the small flat surfaces on a cut gem


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 facet (audio) \ adjective

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