facet

noun

fac·​et ˈfa-sət How to pronounce facet (audio)
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)
faceted adjective
or facetted

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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of facet was in 1622

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Cite this Entry

“Facet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facet. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

facet

noun
fac·​et ˈfas-ət How to pronounce facet (audio)
1
: a small plane surface (as on a cut gem)
2
: a definable aspect of something
explained all facets of the company
3
: the surface of a functional unit of vision of a compound eye
faceted
ˈfas-ət-əd
adjective

Medical Definition

facet

noun
fac·​et ˈfas-ət How to pronounce facet (audio)
ˌfa-ˈset
: a smooth flat or nearly flat circumscribed anatomical surface
the articular facet of a bone
faceted adjective
or facetted

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