- Kind regard; propitious aspect; countenance; friendly disposition; kindness; good will."Hath crawled into the favor of the king." [Shak.]
- The act of countenancing, or the condition of being countenanced, or regarded propitiously; support; promotion; befriending."But found no favor in his lady's eyes." [Dryden.]"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." [Luke ii. 52.]
- A kind act or office; kindness done or granted; benevolence shown by word or deed; an act of grace or good will, as distinct from justice or remuneration."Beg one favor at thy gracious hand." [Shak.]
- Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity."I could not discover the lenity and favor of this sentence." [Swift.]
- The object of regard; person or thing favored."All these his wondrous works, but chiefly man, His chief delight and favor." [Milton.]
- A gift or present; something bestowed as an evidence of good will; a token of love; a knot of ribbons; something worn as a token of affection; as, a marriage favor is a bunch or knot of white ribbons or white flowers worn at a wedding."Wear thou this favor for me, and stick it in thy cap." [Shak.]
- Appearance; look; countenance; face.(Obs)"This boy is fair, of female favor." [Shak.]
- [Law] Partiality; bias.
- A letter or epistle; -- so called in civility or compliment; as, your favor of yesterday is received.
- pl.Love locks.(Obs)"But, with your favor, I will treat it here." [Dryden.]synonyms: Kindness; countenance; patronage; support; lenity; grace; gift; present; benefit.
Etymology: Written also favour
Etymology: OF. favor, F. faveur, L. favor, fr. favere to be favorable, cf. Skr. bhāvaya to further, foster, causative of bhū to become, be. Cf. Be. In the phrase to curry favor favor is prob. for favel a horse. See 2d Favel