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favorite

or (especially British) favourite

[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.
5.
Digital Technology, bookmark (def 3a).
adjective
6.
regarded with particular favor or preference:
a favorite child.
Origin of favorite
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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  • Meanwhile, Justinian shut himself up in the palace with his ministers and his favorites.

    Women of Early Christianity Alfred Brittain
  • The old Greek gods had favorites upon whom they lavished their affections.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • A quiet, busy house-fairy was Louise; the beautiful, fragrant flowers were her favorites.

    O. T. Hans Christian Andersen
  • She was down again shortly, the two favorites, Rose and Rosette, in her arms.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • My favorites, the birds, are very numerous in this vicinity, and I am therefore in my element.

Contemporary definitions for favorites
noun

See hotlist

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Word Origin and History for favorites

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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