- 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 favourite
The Black PrinceBy Iris Murdoch This is my favourite novel of all time and is structurally extremely (and successfully) ambitious.The Most Unreliable Narrators, From Agatha Christie to Iris Murdoch
April 2, 2014
She had posed for me during the last three years, and among all my models she was my favourite.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Fall asleep listening to a favourite love song as if you were singing it to yourself.The Great Valentine’s Day Hangover
February 15, 2014
She talks to Henry C. Krempels about her favourite haunts, why the city insipires her, and new writers not to be missed.
What are your favourite works of literature that are set in Rome?
He took a cab and was driven to the local branch of his favourite temple of chance.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
This with him appeared to be a favourite place of encampment.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
But such an epithet will not long apply to our favourite town.The Roof of France
Even visits to his favourite resort, Barr, brought disenchantment.In the Heart of Vosges
And Mr. Beaufort patted the sleek neck of his favourite hunter.Night and Morning, Complete
- (prenominal) most liked; preferred above all others
- a person or thing regarded with especial preference or liking
- (as modifier)a favourite book
- sport a competitor thought likely to win
- (pl) computing a place on certain browsers that allows internet users to list the addresses of websites they find and like with a click of the mouse so that they can revisit them merely by opening the list and clicking on the address
- play favourites to display favouritism
Word Origin and History for favourite
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.