- 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.
Origin of favorite
Examples from the Web for favorites
It cast this pall over the movie, which was one of my favorites of last year.
So with Woody, his first 3-5 films will be your favorites, or your first 3-5 Sam Shepard plays will be your favorites.
With great artists, I feel the first 3-5 things will always be your favorites.
So here, for your Christmas Eve pleasure, are 20 of my favorites, 10 from the ecclesiastical division and 10 secular.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
But, yeah, Beetlejuice, Scissorhands, and Ed Wood are my favorites.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel
December 17, 2014
A teacher should have no favorites, but I must confess to a strong liking for your son.In the Midst of Alarms
The old Greek gods had favorites upon whom they lavished their affections.Understanding the Scriptures
She was down again shortly, the two favorites, Rose and Rosette, in her arms.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
There were two or three spots which had become Albert Speranza's favorites.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Like all favorites of despots, he had power to abuse, and abused it.
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.