[fey-ver-it, feyv-rit]


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, 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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Historical Examples of favorite

  • 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

  • This was Sandy's favorite joke, and made life worth living for him.

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