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.

  1. a person or thing popular with the public.

  2. a person treated with special or undue favor by a king, official, etc.: favorites at the court.

  3. Digital Technology. bookmark (def. 3a).

adjective
  1. regarded with particular favor or preference: a favorite child.

Origin of favorite

1
First recorded in 1575–85; from Middle French, from Italian favorito, “favored,” past participle of favorire “to favor, support,” from favore “favor, goodwill”; see favor, -ite2
  • Also especially British, fa·vour·ite .

Other words from favorite

  • non·fa·vor·ite, noun
  • pre·fa·vor·ite, noun, adjective
  • un·fa·vor·ite, adjective

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How to use favorite in a sentence

  • It stands in the midst of a group of Scotch firs which were great favorites with Kingsley.

  • Having (through one of her favorites) gained control of the royal treasury, Diana appropriated everything—lands, money, jewels.

    Women of Modern France | Hugo P. Thieme
  • They adopt a “totem” or symbol of the family and this is generally some animal, the turtle, bear and wolf being favorites.

  • Each town was jealous of the honor of its special favorites among the gods.

  • Sweet Singers from the South, who, according to the program, would introduce sentimental favorites.

    The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson