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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French favele, from Latin fabella (short fable), diminutive of fabula. See fable.



  1. (obsolete) flattery; cajolery; deceit(Can we add an example for this sense?)

Etymology 2[edit]

Old French fauvel, favel, diminutive of Old French fauve; of German oigin. See fallow (adjective).


favel (comparative more favel, superlative most favel)

  1. yellow or dun in colour
    • c. 1489, William Caxton, Four Sons of Aymon:
      There came rydynge a messager vpon a horse fauell.


favel (plural favels)

  1. A horse of a favel or dun colour.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for favel”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)

Middle English[edit]


From Old French favel. Uses after the 14th century are based on William Langland's The vision of Piers Plowman.


favel (uncountable)

  1. flattery; duplicity