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Flavour vs. Favor: What's the Difference?

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"Flavour" refers to the distinctive taste of something, while "Favor" means an act of kindness or support.

Key Differences

"Flavour" and "Favor" are two words with different meanings and uses. "Flavour" pertains to sensory perception, particularly the sense of taste. When we eat or drink something, we experience its flavour, which can range from sweet to salty, bitter to umami.
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Sep 25, 2023
On the other hand, "Favor" has a social connotation. It denotes an act of kindness, support, or assistance done for someone. For instance, if someone lends you a book or helps you move furniture, they are doing you a favor.
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Sep 25, 2023
"Flavour" can also have a metaphorical use, suggesting a particular quality or characteristic of something. For example, a discussion might have a "flavour" of sarcasm. "Favor," however, can also mean a preferential bias towards someone or something, as in showing favoritism.
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Sep 25, 2023
Both words have roots in Old French. "Flavour" comes from "flaour," meaning smell, odor, and "Favor" originates from "faveur," indicating goodwill or approval. Yet, in contemporary American English, these words have diverged greatly in meaning and application.
Janet White
Sep 25, 2023
Interestingly, the spelling of "Flavour" with a 'u' is more common in British English, whereas American English typically uses "Flavor" without the 'u'. Similarly, "Favor" remains consistent in American English, while British English might use "Favour."
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Sep 25, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Basic Definition

The distinctive taste of something.
An act of kindness or support.
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Metaphorical Use

Quality or characteristic of something.
Preferential bias or approval.
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Origin

Old French "flaour" (smell, odor).
Old French "faveur" (goodwill, approval).
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Spelling Variations

"Flavour" (British English), "Flavor" (American English).
Consistently "Favor" in American English.
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Sep 25, 2023

Associated Sensation

Taste.
Social or relational gesture.
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Flavour and Favor Definitions

Flavour

A distinct quality or characteristic.
The story had a flavour of mystery.
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Sep 25, 2023

Favor

An act of kindness or assistance.
She did me a favor by picking up my mail.
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Sep 25, 2023

Flavour

A particular variety of something.
They introduced a new flavour of chips.
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Sep 25, 2023

Favor

A state of being approved or preferred.
The decision found favor among the members.
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Sep 25, 2023

Flavour

The essence of a substance.
She added vanilla flavour to the cake.
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Sep 25, 2023

Favor

A small gift or souvenir.
Guests received party favors at the end.
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Flavour

The specific taste of a food or drink.
The ice cream had a rich chocolate flavour.
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Favor

Partiality or bias.
The judge should not show favor to anyone.
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Sep 25, 2023

Flavour

A substance added to impart a specific taste.
This drink contains natural flavours.
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Sep 25, 2023

Favor

To support or advocate.
I favor the first proposal over the others.
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Sep 25, 2023

Flavour

Variant of flavor.
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Apr 01, 2023

Favor

A gracious, friendly, or obliging act that is freely granted
Do someone a favor.
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Flavour

Standard spelling of flavor#Noun
The flavour of this apple pie is delicious.
Flavour was added to the pudding.
What flavour of bubble gum do you enjoy?
The flavour of an experience.
Debian is one flavour of the Linux operating system.
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Apr 01, 2023

Favor

Friendly or favorable regard; approval or support
Won the favor of the monarch.
Looked with favor on the plan.
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Flavour

Standard spelling of flavor#Verb
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Favor

A state of being held in such regard
A style currently in favor.
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Flavour

The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people;
The feel of the city excited him
A clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
It had the smell of treason
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Favor

Unfair partiality; favoritism
The referees were warned not to show favor to either team.
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Flavour

(physics) the kinds of quarks and antiquarks
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Favor

A privilege or concession
Had the favor of talking with her for an hour.
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Flavour

The taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
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Favor

Favors Permission to engage in sexual activity, especially when granted by a woman to a male partner.
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Flavour

Lend flavor to;
Season the chicken breast after roasting it
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Favor

Something given as a token of love, affection, or remembrance.
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Favor

A small decorative gift given to each guest at a party.
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Favor

Advantage; benefit
Sailed under favor of cloudless skies.
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Favor

Behalf; interest
An error in our favor.
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Favor

(Obsolete) A communication, especially a letter.
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Favor

Aspect or appearance.
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Favor

Countenance; face.
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Favor

(Obsolete) A facial feature.
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Favor

To perform a kindness or service for; oblige.
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Favor

To have a liking for; be partial to; prefer
Favored coffee over tea at breakfast.
Favored the suitor with the quick wit.
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Favor

To approve, advocate, or support
Economists who favor free trade.
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Favor

To show partiality or unfair preference to
Thought the law favored men over women.
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Favor

To believe to be most likely to succeed
The Tigers are favored to win the championship.
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Favor

To be advantageous to; make more likely to be successful
Darkness favored their escape. The climate favors conifers.
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Favor

To speed up or otherwise increase the success of (a chemical process or pathway)
Increasing the pressure favors the reaction.
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Favor

To treat with care; be gentle with
Favored my wounded leg.
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Favor

Chiefly Southern US To resemble in appearance
She favors her father.
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Favor

To resemble another in appearance
She and her father favor.
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Favor

A kind or helpful deed; an instance of voluntarily assisting (someone).
He did me a favor when he took the time to drive me home.
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Favor

Goodwill; benevolent regard.
She enjoyed the queen's favor.
To fall out of favor
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Favor

A small gift; a party favor.
At the holiday dinner, the hosts had set a favor by each place setting.
A marriage favour is a bunch or knot of white ribbons or white flowers worn at a wedding.
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Favor

Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity.
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Favor

The object of regard; person or thing favoured.
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Favor

(obsolete) Appearance; look; countenance; face.
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Favor

(legal) Partiality; bias
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Favor

(archaic) A letter, a written communication.
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Favor

(obsolete) Anything worn publicly as a pledge of a woman's favor.
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Favor

(obsolete) A ribbon or similar small item that is worn as an adornment, especially in celebration of an event.
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Favor

To look upon fondly; to prefer.
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Favor

To use more often.
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Favor

To encourage, conduce to
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Favor

To do a favor [noun sense 1] for; to show beneficence toward.
Would you favor us with a poetry reading?
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Favor

To treat with care.
Favoring your sore leg will only injure the other one.
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Favor

To resemble; especially, to look like (another person).
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Favor

Kind regard; propitious aspect; countenance; friendly disposition; kindness; good will.
Hath crawled into the favor of the king.
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Favor

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.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
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Favor

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.
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Favor

Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity.
I could not discover the lenity and favor of this sentence.
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Favor

The object of regard; person or thing favored.
All these his wondrous works, but chiefly man,His chief delight and favor.
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Favor

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.
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Favor

Appearance; look; countenance; face.
This boy is fair, of female favor.
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Favor

Partiality; bias.
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Favor

A letter or epistle; - so called in civility or compliment; as, your favor of yesterday is received.
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Favor

Love locks.
But, with your favor, I will treat it here.
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Favor

To regard with kindness; to support; to aid, or to have the disposition to aid, or to wish success to; to be propitious to; to treat with consideration or tenderness; to show partiality or unfair bias towards.
O happy youth! and favored of the skies.
He that favoreth Joab, . . . let him go after Joab.
[The painter] has favored her squint admirably.
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Favor

To afford advantages for success to; to facilitate; as, a weak place favored the entrance of the enemy.
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Favor

To resemble in features; to have the aspect or looks of; as, the child favors his father.
The porter owned that the gentleman favored his master.
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Favor

An act of gracious kindness
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Favor

An advantage to the benefit of someone or something;
The outcome was in his favor
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Favor

An inclination to approve;
That style is in favor this season
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Favor

A feeling of favorable regard
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Favor

Souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party
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Favor

Promote over another;
He favors his second daughter
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Favor

Consider as the favorite;
The local team was favored
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Favor

Treat gently or carefully
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Favor

Bestow a privilege upon
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FAQs

Is "Favour" a valid spelling in American English?

"Favour" is the British English spelling; in American English, it's typically spelled "Favor."
Sara Rehman
Sep 25, 2023

Can "Flavour" describe something other than food?

Yes, "Flavour" can metaphorically describe a particular quality or characteristic of an event or situation.
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Sep 25, 2023

How can "Favor" indicate bias?

"Favor" can mean showing preferential treatment or bias towards someone or something.
Janet White
Sep 25, 2023

What does "Flavour" primarily refer to?

"Flavour" primarily denotes the distinctive taste of food or drink.
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Sep 25, 2023

What sensation is most associated with "Flavour"?

The sense of taste.
Janet White
Sep 25, 2023

Can "Flavour" refer to a version or variety of a product?

Yes, especially in the context of food and beverages, like a new flavour of soda.
Janet White
Sep 25, 2023

Can you "ask for a Favor"?

Yes, it means to request someone's assistance or kindness.
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Sep 25, 2023

Can "Favor" mean a small gift?

Yes, "Favor" can refer to a small gift or token, often given at parties or weddings.
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Sep 25, 2023

In what contexts is "Favor" commonly used as a verb?

"Favor" as a verb can mean to support, approve of, or prefer something.
Sara Rehman
Sep 25, 2023

Can "Favor" be used in legal contexts?

Yes, as in "in favor of," meaning to support or approve a motion or decision.
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Sep 25, 2023

How do "Flavour" and "Taste" differ?

"Flavour" encompasses the broader sensory experience, including aroma, while "Taste" refers more directly to the sensation on the tongue.
Sara Rehman
Sep 25, 2023

Is there a verb form of "Flavour"?

Yes, "to flavour" means to impart a specific taste to something.
Harlon Moss
Sep 25, 2023

Are there other words related to "Flavour" for other senses?

Yes, like "fragrance" for smell and "texture" for touch.
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Sep 25, 2023

Does "Favor" always indicate a positive action?

Mostly, but when referring to bias, it can have negative connotations, especially if the bias is unfair.
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Sep 25, 2023

Can "Flavour" be used in music contexts?

Metaphorically, yes, to describe a specific quality, style, or vibe of a piece.
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Sep 25, 2023
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