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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. 2016.
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  • Meanwhile, Justinian shut himself up in the palace with his ministers and his favorites.

    Women of Early Christianity Alfred Brittain
  • Those were his two favorites, and he wanted to remember how they looked.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • A quiet, busy house-fairy was Louise; the beautiful, fragrant flowers were her favorites.

    O. T. Hans Christian Andersen
  • All the horses would come to him, but I think we were his favorites.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • My favorites, the birds, are very numerous in this vicinity, and I am therefore in my element.

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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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