|favouritism shown to relatives or close friends by those with power or influence|
|[C17: from Italian nepotismo, from nepote|
|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
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.