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plural noun
  1. amusing or witty remarks or writings.
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Origin of facetiae

1520–30; < Latin, plural of facētia something witty. See facete, -ia
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Examples from the Web for facetiae

Historical Examples

  • Andrea was something of a wit and is quoted in the Facetiae of Domenichi.

    The Popes and Science

    James J. Walsh

  • Facetus, facetiae, infacetus, infacetiae are favourite words with Catullus.

  • Even Pembury had mistaken its “inmost soul,” for he had placed it in the column devoted to “Facetiae.”

  • Maurepas is credited with contributions to the collection of facetiae known as the trennes de la Saint Jean (2nd ed., 1742).

British Dictionary definitions for facetiae


pl n
  1. humorous or witty sayings
  2. obscene or coarsely witty books
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: jests, plural of facētia witticism, from facētus elegant
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