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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Witty or humorous writings and sayings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Witty or amusing writings or remarks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. Witty or humorous writings or saying; witticisms; merry conceits.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Witty or humorous sayings or writings.
  • In booksellers' or collectors' catalogues, books of an objectionable kind, broad, coarsely witty, or indecent.

Etymologies

Latin facētiae, pl. of facētia, jest; see facetious.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originated 1520–30 from Latin facētiae, plural of facētia (jest); see facete+-ia and facetious. (Wiktionary)

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