What does favor mean?

Definitions for favor
ˈfeɪ vərfa·vor

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word favor.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. favor, favournoun

    an act of gracious kindness

  2. favor, favournoun

    an advantage to the benefit of someone or something

    "the outcome was in his favor"

  3. favor, favournoun

    an inclination to approve

    "that style is in favor this season"

  4. favor, favournoun

    a feeling of favorable regard

  5. party favor, party favour, favor, favourverb

    souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party

  6. prefer, favor, favourverb

    promote over another

    "he favors his second daughter"

  7. favor, favourverb

    consider as the favorite

    "The local team was favored"

  8. favor, favourverb

    treat gently or carefully

  9. privilege, favor, favourverb

    bestow a privilege upon


  1. favornoun

    A deed in which help is voluntarily provided.

    He did me a favor when he took the time to drive me home.

  2. favornoun

    Goodwill; benevolent regard.

    She enjoyed the queen's favor.

  3. favornoun

    A small gift; a party favor.

    At the holiday dinner, the hosts had set a favor by each place setting.

  4. favorverb

    To look upon fondly; to prefer.

  5. favorverb

    To do a favor [noun sense 1] for; to show beneficence toward.

    Would you favor us with a poetry reading?

  6. favorverb

    To treat with care.

    Favoring your sore leg will only injure the other one.

  7. favorverb

    To have a similar appearance, to look like another person.

    You favor your grandmother more than your mother.

  8. Etymology: From favor.


  1. Favor

    Favor is a song by American recording artist Lonny Bereal, featuring guest vocals from American singer Kelly Rowland. Originally recorded by Chris Brown, Lonny Bereal, Teyana Taylor. It was released by Notifi Music Group as the lead single from his upcoming debut album The Love Train on May 17, 2011, and has since debuted at number 85 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.


  1. favor

    Favor is a general term that typically refers to an act of kindness or assistance that is voluntarily performed for the benefit of another person. It could also involve showing preferential treatment or approval towards someone. Additionally, in a religious context, favor can refer to divine support or blessings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Favornoun

    kind regard; propitious aspect; countenance; friendly disposition; kindness; good will

  2. Favornoun

    the act of countenancing, or the condition of being countenanced, or regarded propitiously; support; promotion; befriending

  3. Favornoun

    a kind act or office; kindness done or granted; benevolence shown by word or deed; an act of grace or good will, as distinct from justice or remuneration

  4. Favornoun

    mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity

  5. Favornoun

    the object of regard; person or thing favored

  6. Favornoun

    a gift or represent; something bestowed as an evidence of good will; a token of love; a knot of ribbons; something worn as a token of affection; as, a marriage favor is a bunch or knot of white ribbons or white flowers worn at a wedding

  7. Favornoun

    appearance; look; countenance; face

  8. Favornoun

    partiality; bias

  9. Favornoun

    a letter or epistle; -- so called in civility or compliment; as, your favor of yesterday is received

  10. Favornoun

    love locks

  11. Favornoun

    to regard with kindness; to support; to aid, or to have the disposition to aid, or to wish success to; to be propitious to; to countenance; to treat with consideration or tenderness; to show partiality or unfair bias towards

  12. Favornoun

    to afford advantages for success to; to facilitate; as, a weak place favored the entrance of the enemy

  13. Favornoun

    to resemble in features; to have the aspect or looks of; as, the child favors his father

  14. Etymology: [Written also favour.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FAVOR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Favor is ranked #21895 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Favor surname appeared 1,186 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Favor.

    52.1% or 618 total occurrences were White.
    32.3% or 384 total occurrences were Black.
    7.5% or 90 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.3% or 51 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.7% or 32 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 11 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of favor in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of favor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of favor in a Sentence

  1. Megan Kingston:

    The odds were not in my favor, we were all kind of like going, how did I even pull this one off ? Its a miracle for sure.

  2. Marco Rubio:

    You'll see it's an eclectic collection of members of the United States Senate in favor of what we've just done here in the Senate, and that's to pass a bill to make Daylight Saving Saving Time permanent, just this past weekend, we all went through that biannual ritual of changing the clock back and forth and the disruption that comes with it. And one has to ask themselves after a while why do we keep doing it ?

  3. Clay Travis:

    This is an intriguing financial decision. … I am all in favor of guys, and girls, making as much money in our industry as they possible can, i’m not sure there has ever been a more over-paid member of the sports media in the history of sports on television than Michelle Beadle.

  4. Mohammad Javad Zarif:

    We don’t say the deal is totally in favor of Iran. Any negotiation is a give and take. We have definitely shown some flexibility, i tell you as I told the Supreme Leader, we did our best to preserve most of the red lines, if not all.

  5. Dennis Kelleher:

    We believe the markets today are rigged to favor high-frequency traders, the industry has taken visible upfront commission fees and disguised it into invisible payment for order flow.

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