- Ultimately from Latin facētus, perhaps via Italian faceto. (Wiktionary)
- Latin facētus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“ The whole nation beyond all other mortal men, is most given to banqueting and feasts; for they prolong them many hours together, with dainty cheer, exquisite music, and facete jesters, and afterwards they fall a dancing and courting their mistresses, till it be late in the night.”
“Capellanus, &c. with the rest of those facete modern poets, have written in this kind, are but as so many symptoms of love.”
“For this reason, all those that otherwise approve of jests in some cases, and facete companions, (as who doth not?) let them laugh and be merry, rumpantur et illa”
“Church often say, that his company was very merry, facete, and juvenile; and no man in his time did surpass him for his ready and dexterous interlarding his common discourses among them with verses from the poets, or sentences from classic authors; which being then all the fashion in the University, made his company the more acceptable.”
“It goes without saying that he loved “his great namesake,” as he calls him, “Robert Burton, of melancholy and merry, of facete and juvenile memory.””
“Dictum facete et contumeliose in Metellos antiquum Naevii est, "Fato Metelli Romai fiunt consules," cui tunc Metellus consul (B.C. 206) iratus versu responderat ...,”
“By the _Gazette_ report we conclude the Festival must have ended as many such meetings do; and never better expressed than by Lord Byron in his facete moments -- "then talky, then argumentative, then disputatious, then unintelligible, then altogethery, then inarticulate, and then" -- but we have done.”
“Hariolare. edepol senem Demaenetum lepidum fuisse nobis: 580 ut adsimulabat Sauream med esse quam facete! nimis aegre risum contini, ubi hospitem inclamavit, quod se absente mihi fidem habere noluisset. ut memoriter me Sauream vocabat atriensem.”
“Eugepae, Thalem talento non emam Milesium, nam ad sapientiam huius  nimius nugator fuit. ut facete orationem ad servitutem contulit.”
“It goes without saying that he loved "his great namesake," as he calls him, "Robert Burton, of melancholy and merry, of facete and juvenile memory.”
The Life of Sir Richard Burton
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