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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. 2018.
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  • His frank, familiar manner made him a favorite on shipboard.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Slowly and reluctantly, the sailors took their places, for Robert was a favorite with them.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • In line with this, a simulation of the military is a favorite device.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • Otto and Pussy also paid several visits, armed with dainties for their favorite.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • She had just been taken into the herd that season and had the place of the favorite next to the leader.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
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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