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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.
regarded with particular favor or preference:
a favorite child.
Also, especially British, favourite.
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 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.
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Word Origin and History for favorites



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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