|favouritism shown to relatives or close friends by those with power or influence|
|[C17: from Italian nepotismo, from nepote|
|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
Favoritism granted to relatives or close friends, without regard to their merit. Nepotism usually takes the form of employing relatives or appointing them to high office.