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favorite

[fey-ver-it, feyv-rit] /ˈfeɪ vər ɪt, ˈfeɪv rɪt/
noun
1.
a person or thing regarded with special favor or preference:
That song is an old favorite of mine.
2.
Sports. a competitor considered likely to win.
3.
a person or thing popular with the public.
4.
a person treated with special or undue favor by a king, official, etc.:
favorites at the court.
adjective
5.
regarded with particular favor or preference:
a favorite child.
Also, especially British, favourite.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Middle French < Italian favorito, past participle of favorire to favor. See favor, -ite2
Related forms
nonfavorite, noun
prefavorite, noun, adjective
unfavorite, adjective
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  • Said activities make the planet a favourite destination of etymologists.
  • Nonetheless, she later spoke of the last man as one of her favourite works.
  • Popular since its first publication, the novel remains a favourite with readers today.
  • All the money went to his favourite charity, cancer research.
  • Was a serial monogamist who was usually in love with her favourite of the moment.
  • He made law his profession, but his favourite pursuit was the study of natural science.
British Dictionary definitions for favourite

favourite

/ˈfeɪvərɪt; ˈfeɪvrɪt/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) most liked; preferred above all others
noun
2.
  1. a person or thing regarded with especial preference or liking
  2. (as modifier): a favourite book
3.
(sport) a competitor thought likely to win
4.
(pl) (computing) a place on certain browsers that allows internet users to list the addresses of websites they find and like with a click of the mouse so that they can revisit them merely by opening the list and clicking on the address
5.
play favourites, to display favouritism
Word Origin
C16: from Italian favorito, from favorire to favour, from Latin favēre
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Word Origin and History for favourite

favorite

n.

1580s, from Middle French favorit, perhaps via Italian favorito, past participle of favorire, from favore, from Latin favorem (see favor (n.)). In racing, attested from 1813. As an adjective, by 1711.

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