from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Favoritism shown or patronage granted to relatives, as in business.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The favoring of relatives or personal friends because of their relationship rather than because of their abilities.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Undue attachment to relations; favoritism shown to members of one's family; bestowal of patronage in consideration of relationship, rather than of merit or of legal claim.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Favoritism shown to nephews and other relatives; patronage bestowed in consideration of family relationship and not of merit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs)
French népotisme, from Italian nepotismo, from nepote, nephew, from Latin nepōs, nepōt-; see nepōt- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian nepotismo, from Latin nepōs ("nephew"), a reference to the practice of popes appointing relatives (most often nephews) as cardinals during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. (Wiktionary)