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[fey-ver-it, feyv-rit] /ˈfeɪ vər ɪt, ˈfeɪv rɪt/
a person or thing regarded with special favor or preference:
That song is an old favorite of mine.
Sports. a competitor considered likely to win.
a person or thing popular with the public.
a person treated with special or undue favor by a king, official, etc.:
favorites at the court.
Digital Technology, bookmark (def 3a).
regarded with particular favor or preference:
a favorite child.
Also, especially British, favourite.
Origin of favorite
1575-85; < Middle French < Italian favorito, past participle of favorire to favor. See favor, -ite2
Related forms
nonfavorite, noun
prefavorite, noun, adjective
unfavorite, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for favorite
  • Another benefit of the news feature is that users can schedule a regular download of their favorite feeds.
  • Professors share their favorite slow-cooker recipes in this ongoing thread.
  • Among my favorite childhood outings were little weekend trips to my dad's office.
  • My favorite part of speech is the group of little guys known as modal auxiliaries or informally, modals.
  • The favorite given names of the old country almost disappear in the first native-born generation.
  • The minister himself was rather a favorite in the town.
  • Every cook, be it an elite chef or an aspiring foodie, has a favorite pot.
  • As an adult, asparagus is still my favorite vegetable at this time of year.
  • When people are asked to list their favorite metaphor, they typically cite great works of poetry, literature or oratory.
  • Our favorite presents to give and get this holiday season.
British Dictionary definitions for favorite


/ˈfeɪvərɪt; ˈfeɪvrɪt/
(prenominal) most liked; preferred above all others
  1. a person or thing regarded with especial preference or liking
  2. (as modifier): a favourite book
(sport) a competitor thought likely to win
(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
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 favorite

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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