favorite

[fey-ver-it, feyv-rit]
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:
1575–85; < Middle French < Italian favorito, past participle of favorire to favor. See favor, -ite2

nonfavorite, noun
prefavorite, noun, adjective
unfavorite, adjective
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Main Entry:  favorites
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See hotlist
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Word Origin & History

favorite
1580s, from M.Fr., from O.Fr. favorit, variant of favori, pp. of favorir "to favor." In racing, attested from 1813.
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Example sentences
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.
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