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favorite

[fey-ver-it, feyv-rit]
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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
  1. regarded with particular favor or preference: a favorite child.
Also especially British, fa·vour·ite.

Origin of favorite

1575–85; < Middle French < Italian favorito, past participle of favorire to favor. See favor, -ite2
Related formsnon·fa·vor·ite, nounpre·fa·vor·ite, noun, adjectiveun·fa·vor·ite, adjective
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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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