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 In any case, this exciting observation will hopefully give a window into yet another mysterious facet of our Universe. Elizabeth Fernandez, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 So a sense of visual theatricality, including a signature makeup look and flair for stage production, is another facet of his artistry. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 19 Aug. 2021 Their experience is yet another facet of fight over school masks in Arizona. Yana Kunichoff, The Arizona Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 The song's performance also presented another facet of Alejandro's talents that can take him to the top of the A-List — his dynamic dance skills. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 July 2021 Another noteworthy facet of the solar project is the identities of the buyers, at least the ones that have signed up so far. Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2021 Members of the Change Now collective insist that their outreach efforts represent another facet of their commitment to their work. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, 2 July 2021 The play revealed yet another facet of Gronowski’s playmaking and versatility. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, chicagotribune.com, 13 May 2021 The task force appeared to represent another facet of the growing movement to challenge ideas like critical race theory (CRT) in the U.S – a hot-button topic that has inspired intense debate. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 7 Oct. 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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24 Oct 2021

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“Facet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facet. Accessed 27 Oct. 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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