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Definition: favicon

(FAVorites ICON) An icon that is picked up from the website to accompany the site name in the Bookmarks/Favorites bar and on the browser tabs. The browser retrieves the icon by looking for the FAVICON.ICO file on the website. See Favorites.

Favicons on the Browser
In this Chrome browser example, the favicons from The New York Times and Computer Language Company are on the tabs, while various other favicons are displayed on the bookmarks bar.