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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was all-powerful with juries, and with the people he was always a favorite.

    Stories Of Ohio William Dean Howells
  • And with them all he was a favorite—of a particular description.

  • We were going to have our favorite caramel cream that night.

    At the Age of Eve Kate Trimble Sharber
  • You are a favorite with the czar, and your sister is the pet of the royal family.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • He had eleven brothers, and they hated him because he was his father's favorite.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
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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