Definition of facetiae in English:

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Pronunciation: /fəˈsiːʃɪiː/

plural noun

1 dated Pornographic literature.
Example sentences
  • It also contains a number of quibbles or jeux de mots, and a still greater number of facetiae, idle and licentious stories.
  • But a certain number, following in the footsteps of the Latin Facetiae, harbour a sense of wit and subtlety beneath apparent crudity.
2 archaic Humorous or witty sayings.
Example sentences
  • The primary object of these anecdotes, facetiae and riddles was to occupy idle hours.


Early 16th century: from Latin, plural of facetia 'jest', from facetus 'witty'.

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