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preference definition


This page has 9 definitions of preference in English, Czech, and Middle French. Preference is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use preference in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: préférence

English preference definition

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Etymology 1

From Middle French preference, from Medieval Latin preferentia. Doublet of preferans.

Morphologically prefer +‎ -ence.



preference (countable and uncountable, plural preferences)

  1. The selection of one thing or person over others (with the main adposition being "for" in relation to the thing or person, but possibly also "of")
    He has a preference for crisp wines.
  2. The option to so select, and the one selected.
    • 2013 June 14, Jonathan Freedland, “Obama's once hip brand is now tainted”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 18:
      Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet. Perhaps we assume that our name, address and search preferences will be viewed by some unseen pair of corporate eyes, probably not human, and don't mind that much.
    Can I keep my preferences when I upgrade to the new version of this application?
  3. The state of being preferred over others.
  4. A strong liking or personal valuation.
  5. A preferential bias; partiality; discrimination.
Derived terms


preference (third-person singular simple present preferences, present participle preferencing, simple past and past participle preferenced)

  1. (US) To give preferential treatment to; to give a preference to.

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Etymology 2


preference (uncountable)

  1. Preferans, a card game, principally played in Eastern Europe.

Czech preference definition


  • IPA(key): [ˈprɛfɛrɛnt͡sɛ]


preference f

  1. preference (selection of one thing or person over others)
    spotřebitelské preference(please add an English translation of this usage example)
    volební preference(please add an English translation of this usage example)

Derived terms

  • preferenční

Related terms

See also

  • upřednostnění

Further reading

  • preference in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • preference in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Middle French preference definition


preference f (plural preferences)

  1. preference (option preferred over another option)