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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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Examples for favorites
  • The places that are my favorites give me top quality for my money.
  • Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments.
  • Drop your own favorites in the comments section below.
  • Five easy favorites start with a rotisserie chicken.
  • Making smart food choices doesn't have to mean doing away with your favorites.
  • There is no prince so bad, whose favorites and ministers are not worse.
  • He looks back and beholds the early authors of his country, once the favorites of their day, supplanted by modern writers.
  • We gathered some of our favorites for the series that follows.
  • If you have this page on our list of favorites or bookmarks, please change your listing.
  • Bright introduced us to some of her personal favorites.
Contemporary definitions for favorites
noun

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Word Origin and History for favorites
favorite
1580s, from M.Fr., from O.Fr. favorit, variant of favori, pp. of favorir "to favor." In racing, attested from 1813.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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