Etymology
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preference (n.)

mid-15c., preferraunce, "advancement in position or status;" 1650s as "act of prefering," from Old French preference (14c., Modern French préférence), from Medieval Latin preferentia, from past-participle stem of Latin praeferrere "place or set before, carry in front" (see prefer). Sense of "that which one prefers, the object of choice" is from 1852.

updated on October 17, 2020

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Definitions of preference from WordNet

preference (n.)
a strong liking;
my own preference is for good literature
Synonyms: penchant / predilection / taste
preference (n.)
a predisposition in favor of something;
his sexual preferences
preference (n.)
the right or chance to choose;
Synonyms: druthers
preference (n.)
grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties);
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.