What does favour mean?

Definitions for favour
ˈfeɪ vərfavour

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. favor, favournoun

    a feeling of favorable regard

  2. favor, favournoun

    an inclination to approve

    "that style is in favor this season"

  3. favor, favournoun

    an advantage to the benefit of someone or something

    "the outcome was in his favor"

  4. party favor, party favour, favor, favournoun

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

  5. favor, favourverb

    an act of gracious kindness

  6. favor, favourverb

    treat gently or carefully

  7. privilege, favor, favourverb

    bestow a privilege upon

  8. prefer, favor, favourverb

    promote over another

    "he favors his second daughter"

  9. favor, favourverb

    consider as the favorite

    "The local team was favored"


  1. favournoun

    A piece of help, usually to be repaid

  2. favourverb

    To look upon fondly; to prefer.

  3. favourverb

    To do a favour (noun sense 1) for; to show beneficence toward.

  4. Etymology: favour, mainland favor, from favor

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Favournoun

    Etymology: favor, Latin; faveur, French.

    It pleas’d your majesty to turn your looks
    Of favour from myself, and all our house. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    The child Samuel was in favour both with the Lord and also with men. 1 Sa. ii. 26.

    The race is not to the swift, nor yet favour to men of skill. Eccl. ix. 11.

    His dreadful navy, and his lovely mind,
    Gave him the fear and favour of mankind. Edmund Waller.

    This favour, had it been employed on a more deserving subject, had been an effect of justice in your nature; but, as placed on me, is only charity. John Dryden, Aurengzebe, Preface.

    At play, among strangers, we are apt to find our hopes and wishes engaged on a sudden in favour of one side more than another. Jonathan Swift.

    The pleasures which these Scriptures ascribe to religion, are of a kind very different from those in favour of which they are here alleged. John Rogers, Sermon 15.

    All favours and punishments passed by him, all offices and places of importance were distributed to his favourites. Philip Sidney.

    O, my royal master!
    The gods, in favour to you, made her cruel. Ambrose Philips.

    I could not discover the lenity and favour of this sentence; but conceived it rather to be rigorous than gentle. Gulliv. Trav.

    Worthy Macbeth, we stay upon your leisure.
    —— Give me your favour; my dull brain was wrought
    With things forgot. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Yet e’re we enter into open act,
    With favour, ’twere no loss if ’t might be inquir’d
    What the condition of these arms would be. Ben Jonson, Cat.

    They got not the land by their own sword; but thy right hand and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hast a favour unto them. Ps. xliv. 3.

    Come down, said Reynard, let us treat of peace:
    A peace, with all my soul, said Chanticleer;
    But, with your favour, I will treat it here. Dryden.

    All these his wond’rous works, but chiefly man,
    His chief delight and favour; him, for whom
    All these his works so wond’rous he ordain’d. John Milton, P. L.

    And every one his lovesuit will advance
    Unto his several mistress, which they’ll know
    By favours several which they did bestow. William Shakespeare.

    It is received that it helpeth to continue love, if one wear the hair of the party beloved; and perhaps a glove, or other like favour, may as well do it. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    A blue ribband tied round the sword-arm, I conceive to be the remains of that custom of wearing a mistress’s favour on such occasions of old. Spectator, №. 436.

    Here, Fluellen, wear thou this favour for me, and stick it in thy cap: when Alanson and myself were down together, I pluck’d this glove from his helm. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    That is only suitable in laying a foul complexion upon a filthy favour, setting forth both in sluttishness. Philip Sidney.

    Young though thou art, thine eye
    Hath staid upon some favour that it loves. William Shakespeare.

    Disseat thy favour with an usurped beard. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    There’s no goodness in thy face: if Antony
    Be free and healthful, why so tart a favour
    To trumpet such good tidings. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    Yet well I remember
    The favours of these men: were they not mine?
    Did they not sometime cry, all hail! to me? William Shakespeare, R. II.

    A youth of fine favour and shape. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    By their virtuous behaviour they compensate hardness of their favour, and by the pulchritude of their souls, make up what is wanting in the beauty of their bodies. South.

  2. To FAVOURverb

    Etymology: faveo, Latin.

    Of all the race of silver-winged flies
    Was none more favourable, nor more fair,
    Whilst heaven did favour his felicities,
    Than Clarion, the eldest son and heir
    Of Muscarol. Edmund Spenser.

    The self-same gods that arm’d the queen of Troy,
    May favour Tamora the queen of Goths. William Shakespeare, Tit. Andr.

    Men favour wonders. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 495.

    Fortune so favoured him, that the town at his first coming surrendered unto him. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    The good Æneas am I call’d; a name,
    While fortune favour’d, not unknown to fame. Dryden.

    Oh happy youth! and favour’d of the skies,
    Distinguish’d care of guardian deities. Alexander Pope, Odyssey, b. iii.

    No one place about it is weaker than another, to favour an enemy in his approaches. Joseph Addison, Whig Examiner.

    The porter owned that the gentleman favoured his master. Spectator.


  1. favour

    A favor generally refers to an act of kindness or assistance that is done willingly and without any expectation of repayment. It can involve helping someone with a task, granting a request, or offering support in a particular situation. Favors are often done to show goodwill, help strengthen relationships, or simply to be helpful and considerate towards others.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Favour

    fā′vur, n. countenance: good-will: a kind deed: an act of grace or lenity: indulgence: partiality: advantage: a knot of ribbons worn at a wedding, or anything worn publicly as a pledge of a woman's favour: (arch.) countenance, appearance: a letter or written communication: (Shak.) an attraction or grace.—v.t. to regard with good-will: to be on the side of: to treat indulgently: to afford advantage to: (coll.) to resemble.—adj. Fā′vourable, friendly: propitious: conducive to: advantageous.—n. Fā′vourableness.—adv. Fā′vourably.—p.adj. Fā′voured, having a certain appearance, featured—as in ill-favoured, well-favoured.—ns. Fā′vouredness; Fā′vourer; Fā′vourite, a person or thing regarded with favour or preference: one unduly loved: a kind of curl of the hair, affected by ladies of the 18th century.—adj. esteemed, preferred.—n. Fā′vouritism, the practice of showing partiality.—adj. Fā′vourless, without favour: (Spens.) not favouring.—Favours to come, favours still expected; Curry favour (see Curry). [O. Fr.,—L. favorfavēre, to favour, befriend.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Favour is ranked #152628 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Favour surname appeared 107 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Favour.

    88.7% or 95 total occurrences were White.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'favour' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4347

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'favour' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1691

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'favour' in Nouns Frequency: #1464

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'favour' in Verbs Frequency: #574

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of favour in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of favour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of favour in a Sentence

  1. Roman Andryushin:

    We observe a situation now similar to (2009) when both benchmarks fell due to economic reasons but the pendulum swung in the favour of China first.

  2. Bruno Le Maire:

    Food security is strategic for our country so that’s why we don’t sell a big French retailer. My answer is extremely clear: We are not in favour of the deal. The no is polite but it’s a clear and final no.

  3. William Wordsworth:

    I am already kindly disposed towards you. My friendship it is not in my power to give: this is a gift which no man can make, it is not in our own power: a sound and healthy friendship is the growth of time and circumstance, it will spring up and thrive like a wildflower when these favour, and when they do not, it is in vain to look for it.

  4. Tim Hoettges:

    We favour net neutrality, but we need to be allowed to have quality classes to enable new services in the Internet of Things.

  5. Goethe:

    Most men, even the most accomplished, are of limited faculties; every one sets a value on certain qualities in himself and others: these alone he is willing to favour, these alone will he have cultivated.

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    a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
    A urus
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