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


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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My presence in your Court as a suspect and prisoner highlights multiple facets of dictatorship. New York Times, "Ugandan Academic Jailed for Insulting President on Facebook," 3 Aug. 2019 That goes for editing help and promotions and every facet of the process. Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "The First Book," 24 July 2019 People dress in costumes to represent facets of life in the vineyards: insects like ants and grasshoppers; or pests like raisin-pecking starlings; young lovers frolicking among the vines; droughts and storms that confound winegrowers. Jamey Keaten, chicagotribune.com, "Swiss celebrate once-in-a-generation winegrowers’ fest," 24 July 2019 Curiosities might guide you to explore new facets of the job. Kathleen Corlett, Woman's Day, "How to Ask for a Promotion and Actually Get It," 23 July 2019 In his first season at center, Skura struggled at times with facets both physical (ceding ground to stronger defensive tackles) and technical (poor shotgun and pistol snaps to Lamar Jackson). Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens 2019 training camp preview: Offensive line," 19 July 2019 That's why every day, tens of thousands of Amazonians work incredibly hard to identify areas that need improvement and deliver meaningful solutions that will improve every facet of our business. Dave Clark For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "At Amazon, we are proud of the benefits and opportunities we give workers," 16 July 2019 Each tone, like each contributor (including those from America), can be seen to represent some facet of blackness. Briana Younger, The New Yorker, "GoldLink’s Brilliant Tribute to the Sounds of the Diaspora," 11 July 2019 Yes, Cristobal administers and oversees Oregon’s program and has a vision for each facet of it, but what’s going on between the white lines remains his primary focus. oregonlive.com, "Oregon MVP 10: Mario Cristobal comes in at No. 2 entering 2019," 4 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of facet

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


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 facetted (audio) \ adjective

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to shake or wave menacingly

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