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From the original filename used by Internet Explorer, "favicon.ico", an abbreviation of favorite followed by icon.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfævɪkɒn/
  • (file)


favicon (plural favicons)

  1. (web design) An icon associated with a particular website, and typically displayed in the address bar of a browser viewing the site.
    • 2000, PC Magazine, Vol. 19, issue 19-20, p. 127,
      The only way to restore a favicon is to delete the link from the Favorites folder and recreate it.
    • 2002, Ejub Kajan, Information technology encyclopedia and acronyms, p. 195,
      A free online favicon editor allows advanced webmasters to create their own favicons and use them during website development or maintenance.
    • 2006, Richard Wagner, Web Design Before & After Makeovers, page 206,
      You, however, can do better by creating your own customized favicon for your Web site — just the thing you need to add that professional touch.
    • 2009, Steve Souders, Even Faster Web Sites, page 158,
      Make sure to create a favicon. Since the browser will request this file anyway, there's no reason to return a 404 Page Not Found error, especially if your 404 handler consumes a database connection or other expensive resources.
    • 2009, Manny Hernandez, Ning for Dummies, page 312,
      Favicons are those cute little icons that appear on your browser's address bar when you visit some sites.
    • 2010, Janet Majure, Teach Yourself Visually WordPress, page 132,
      You can stick with the favicon provided by your Web host.
      Do not worry about pronouncing favicon correctly. There is no definitive pronunciation.

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favicon m (plural favicons)

  1. (web design) favicon (icon for a website)