Definition of grace and favour in English:

grace and favour

adjective

British
  • attributive Denoting accommodation occupied free or at a low rent by permission of a sovereign or government.

    ‘his mother was given a grace and favour apartment in Hampton Court Palace’
    • ‘But he hasn't been so quick to give back his posh grace and favour London flat owned by the union.’
    • ‘But there was concern last night at the way senior Cabinet Ministers were still able to apply for up to £20,902 a year to cover rent or mortgage on a second property when they also get ministerial grace and favour homes.’
    • ‘He is criticised for spending £13,000 of taxpayers money on new carpets for his grace and favour London flat.’
    • ‘He lives in an 18th century grace and favour apartment in Admiralty Arch in Whitehall and has the use of a 214-acre official country residence at Dorneywood, Buckinghamshire.’
    • ‘March 25, 2005 marks the opening of Suffragettes, Soldiers and Servants, a behind the scenes look at the lives of grace and favour residents at Hampton Court Palace from 1750 to 1950.’
    • ‘Yesterday, it also emerged that Wark and her husband have twice stayed overnight at McConnell's grace and favour residence, Bute House in Edinburgh.’
    • ‘No other Scottish ministers benefit from a grace and favour apartment in London, and have to pay for accommodation in the capital out of their own pocket.’
    • ‘He had Wark and Clements and their children to stay the night at Bute House, his grand grace and favour residence, before the year was out.’
    • ‘The aide, known as ‘Fawcett the Fence’, will also receive financial help to stay in his grace and favour West London house.’
    • ‘He points out that he is still living in the Home Secretary's grace and favour flat in central London, despite his resignation.’
    • ‘He is under fire for not paying council tax on either of his grace and favour residences.’
    • ‘The reason Greenfield seems so at home among Brown's pampered clientele is because she is staying here while her grace and favour apartment above the Royal Institution is refurbished.’

Pronunciation

grace and favour