|favouritism shown to relatives or close friends by those with power or influence|
|[C17: from Italian nepotismo, from nepote|
|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
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.