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fa·​vor·​ite ˈfā-v(ə-)rət How to pronounce favorite (audio)
 chiefly dialectal  ˈfā-və-ˌrīt
: one that is treated or regarded with special favor or liking
That song is my favorite.
especially : a person who is specially loved, trusted, or provided with favors by someone of high rank or authority
The king granted the land to two of his favorites.
: a competitor judged most likely to win
Which horse is the favorite in this race?


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: constituting a favorite
his favorite daughter
especially : markedly popular
the country's favorite sport

Examples of favorite in a Sentence

Noun Of all his books, do you have a favorite? That movie is my favorite. That movie is a great favorite with audiences everywhere. Adjective that teacher claims not to have any favorite students, although many in the class would disagree mint chocolate chip is my favorite flavor of ice cream
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Word History


Noun and Adjective

Italian favorito, past participle of favorire to favor, from favore favor, from Latin favor

First Known Use


1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1692, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of favorite was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Favorite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favorite. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
fa·​vor·​ite ˈfāv-(ə-)rət How to pronounce favorite (audio)
: a person or a thing that is preferred more than others
: the contestant considered as having the best chance to win


2 of 2 adjective
: being a favorite
our favorite show

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