something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act:
to ask a favor.
friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill:
to win the favor of the king.
the state of being approved or held in regard:
to be in favor at court; styles that are now in favor.
excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment:
to treat some people with favor and others with neglect.
a gift bestowed as a token of goodwill, kind regard, love, etc., as formerly upon a knight by his lady.
a ribbon, badge, etc., worn in evidence of goodwill or loyalty, as by an adherent of a political party.
a small gift or decorative or festive item, as a noisemaker or paper hat, often distributed to guests at a party.
Usually, favors. sexual intimacy, especially as permitted by a woman.
Archaic. a letter, especially a commercial one.
Also, especially British, favour
1250–1300; Middle English favo
< Anglo-French, Old French
< Latin favōr-
(stem of favor
) goodwill, equivalent to fav
) to be favorably inclined + -ōr- -or1
favorer, nounoverfavor, verb (used with object)prefavor, noun, verb (used with object)unfavoring, adjective
2. Favor, goodwill
imply a kindly regard or friendly disposition shown by an individual or group. Favor
may be merely an attitude of mind: to look with favor on a proposal. Goodwill
is more active and leads often to outward manifestations of friendly approval: By frequent applause the audience showed its goodwill toward the speaker. 5.
approve, countenance, sanction. 12.
encourage, patronize. 15.
animosity, malice. 10.