Definition of facetiae in English:

facetiae

plural noun

  • 1dated Pornographic literature.

    • ‘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.’
  • 2archaic Humorous or witty sayings.

    • ‘The primary object of these anecdotes, facetiae and riddles was to occupy idle hours.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

facetiae

/fəˈsiːʃɪiː/