favorite

noun
fa·​vor·​ite | \ˈfā-v(ə-)rət, ˈfā-vərt, chiefly dialectal ˈfā-və-ˌrīt\

Definition of favorite 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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.

2 : a competitor judged most likely to win Which horse is the favorite in this race?

favorite

adjective

Definition of favorite (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for favorite

Synonyms: Noun

darling, fave, minion, pet, preference, speed

Synonyms: Adjective

big, crowd-pleasing, du jour, faddish, faddy, fashionable, happening, hot, in, large, modish, pop, popular, popularized, red-hot, vogue, voguish

Antonyms: Adjective

out, unfashionable, unpopular

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Readers will vote on their favorites and our journalists will seek answers. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Why Philly feels squeezed by U.S. economy, Philly Latinos face Trump's America | Morning Newsletter," 9 July 2018 Think Chanel, Mainbocher, Lanvin, Vionnet, Lucien Lelong and her personal favorite, Balenciaga. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'Must-see' museum exhibit is in Louisville — and it features 'royalty'," 9 July 2018 People can enter their cars and also vote on their favorites. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "County fairs are a throwback for bustling suburbs," 5 July 2018 The menu is limited – the Pérez family wanted to home in on their hometown favorites – but that doesn’t mean it’s short on highlights. Ben Mesirow, latimes.com, "Head to this Mexicali-style taco truck in East L.A. for barbacoa-stuffed vampiros and fresh flour tortillas," 2 July 2018 Lube Wrestling Watch or join in on the fun at this slippery fundraiser for Identity, Inc. Volunteer wrestlers will lube up and go to battle while spectators cheer on their favorites. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "PrideFest 2018 starts this week in Anchorage; here are some of the highlights," 8 June 2018 Trump was a favorite of European far right leaders, as The Washington Post reported. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "President Trump Got German Crime Stats Wrong in Tweets About Immigration," 18 June 2018 As for the cocktails, the Carola is a favorite: bourbon, Gran Classico, lime crush, and India pale ale. Bon Appetit, "Himmeriget," 18 June 2018 Both are trailing Michael Dyer, who is the clear favorite at this stage more than 156 million chips. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Meet the Michiganders who made World Series of Poker final table," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

All-Star Game – Jose Altuve, Justin Verlander, George Springer, Alex Bregman and Gerrit Cole – and our partners at Fanatics.com have fresh All-Star gear from each of your favorite Astros players. John Boyd, Houston Chronicle, "Fanatics.com releases new Houston Astros All-Star game jerseys, hats, T-shirts and other gear," 11 July 2018 From Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, all our favorite famous people seem to be making commitments to one another, and often, that includes the purchasing of swanky homes and estates. refinery29.com, "A-Listed: Kendall Jenner Rents A Love Nest, Justin Bieber Loses Out On Dream Home," 11 July 2018 Spent mine with some of my favorite people @disney ❤️ A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Jul 4, 2018 at 10:52pm PDT Gwyneth Paltrow — of course — made an incredibly intricate America-themed pie. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "How 25 Celebrities Celebrated the Fourth of July," 5 July 2018 One of my favorite people to talk to anywhere is joining us. Fox News, "Nunes tightens screws in his probe into surveillance abuses," 3 July 2018 This smart home device uses Amazon's Alexa technology to give you hands-free viewing of everything from the weather report to your favorite TV show to your home's smart camera. Health Editors, Health.com, "4 Early Prime Day Deals You Can Shop Right Now," 3 July 2018 The 2018 World Cup has been high scoring and as of Monday, Brazil’s Neymar – the favorite soccer player of James’ eldest son Bronny – remained in contention for the title. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "If history repeats itself, this is what LeBron James will do next," 2 July 2018 As Ramadan came to end on June 14, across the Middle East, families broke their fasts and then, with full bellies, gathered in front of the TV to watch their favorite shows. Rachel Gandin Mark, The Hollywood Reporter, "Can Netflix Transform the Television Landscape in the Middle East?," 27 June 2018 Well, according to everyone’s favorite 4-D chess player, at least. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Melania Trump Catches Flack for Her Jacket," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of favorite

Noun

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1692, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for favorite

Noun

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

Adjective

see favorite entry 1

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favorite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of favorite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person or a thing that is liked more than others : a favorite person or thing

: a person, team, etc., that is considered most likely to win

favorite

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of favorite (Entry 2 of 2)

: most liked

favorite

noun
fa·​vor·​ite | \ˈfā-və-rət, ˈfāv-rət\

Kids Definition of favorite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person or a thing that is liked more than others

favorite

adjective

Kids Definition of favorite (Entry 2 of 2)

: most liked Pizza is my favorite food.

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