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 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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Recent Examples on the Web Another facet of estate planning involves discussing finances. Dallas News, "Live well, be well, do well," 20 Apr. 2021 That’s an important facet — providing access to the masses by keeping costs reasonably affordable for patients who wish to use psychedelic medicines. David E. Carpenter, Forbes, "Researchers In Europe, U.S. Team Up To Produce First Ever 5-MeO-DMT Psychedelic Training Program," 19 Apr. 2021 But the thumbprints of African American culture are stamped on virtually every facet of country music, including its vocal harmonies, instrumentations, and some of its most popular songs. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "A Black woman is hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards for the first time," 18 Apr. 2021 His former long snapper with the Broncos, Aaron Brewer, is also here, which was yet another appealing facet. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Winning, reunions and familiarity led kicker Matt Prater to sign with Arizona Cardinals," 22 Mar. 2021 By calling attention to just one facet of it, Dearen has performed a tremendous public service. Ann Levin, Star Tribune, "Review: New book spotlights rogue lab and a shadow industry," 22 Feb. 2021 Nothing is so foundational to every other facet of our democracy than the right to cast a ballot free from discrimination and intimidation. Time, "Cory Booker and Tiffany Muller: How the Next Congress Can Improve U.S. Elections and Protect Voting Rights," 30 Dec. 2020 From most of those areas, people can look into the kitchen, another distinctive facet at Trep’s. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "For new outdoor Mid-City restaurant Trep's, Sidney Torres taps two pros of patio dining," 19 Aug. 2020 These days every facet of our lives is digitized, aggregated and catalogued, creating massive amounts of data– fueling a growing concern with digital privacy. Ryan Mccarthy, Rolling Stone, "A New Rendezvous With ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Season 3," 19 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Facet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facet. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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 facet (audio) \ adjective

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