fa·​vor·​ite | \ ˈfā-v(ə-)rət How to pronounce favorite (audio) , ˈfā-vərt, chiefly dialectal ˈfā-və-ˌrīt \

Definition of favorite

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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?



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

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 The Rockets are a 4.5-point favorite in a game that features and over-under of 243 points. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers-Rockets best bets, coaching attire, the Damian Lillard-CJ McCollum bromance, a global view on racial injustice and more: NBA bubble news and bits," 4 Aug. 2020 Diggs is a favorite for the role, but competition abounds. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Can Cowboys rookie Trevon Diggs earn a starting job? Having a star NFL receiver for a brother may help," 31 July 2020 In its first four seasons despite being a critical favorite and cult hit, the Netflix comedy starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara got zero nominations. Andrew Dalton, Star Tribune, "Facts and Figures about the 72nd Emmy Awards nominations," 29 July 2020 Their claim to fame: when Khloe donned their Pinterest-famous Rebel Pendant (a favorite of Selena Gomez's too, btw) on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "11 Instagram-Famous Jewelry Brands That'll Add a Little *Sass* to Your Neck Stack," 27 July 2020 Fat Albert has been a favorite of the Blue Angels for decades. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Blue Angels' New 'Fat Albert' Transport Plane Is Almost Ready for Showtime," 21 July 2020 He's been a favorite of players for years and has been a guiding force in the development of Brewers backstops for years, most notably former homegrown all-star Jonathan Lucroy. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers minor-league instructor Charlie Greene getting a different look at the game in summer camp," 11 July 2020 O’Shaughnessy Woolls is best known for establishing another grand cru site in the Napa Valley, O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery, a favorite of collectors on Howell Mountain at 1,800-feet-elevation. Virginie Boone, SFChronicle.com, "Progeny is a Mount Veeder winery for the entire day," 6 July 2020 In another—my favorite of the collection—Kisner visits Laredo, Texas, to report on a debutante ball in which wealthy Mexican-American girls dress up like Martha Washington. The Editors, Outside Online, "Everything Our Editors Loved in May," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This Amazon cult-favorite hyaluronic acid serum has more than 14,000 reviews, with reviewers noting how quickly their skin felt plumper and more hydrated after use. Nicole Saunders, CNN Underscored, "How to make ‘maskne’ a thing of the past, according to experts," 6 Aug. 2020 Peterson added that her favorite moments in teaching are witnessing the small acts of kindness from her students. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD Teachers of the Year honored in Katy Area Chamber of Commerce event," 6 Aug. 2020 Courtney, 24, now lives near Palo Alto, but the trails around the North Bay are still some of her favorite places to train. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "Kate Courtney's Guide to Mountain Biking in NorCal," 5 Aug. 2020 The cult-favorite pan does the job of eight types of cookware and makes clean-up a breeze. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Do-It-All Pan Is the Only Cookware You Need—And It's Finally Back in Stock," 3 Aug. 2020 On today's original episode of General Hospital, fan-favorite Dominic Zamprogna — better known as Dante Falconeri — is making a surprise return to Port Charles. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "See Dominic Zamprogna back on General Hospital," 3 Aug. 2020 Gathered at Florida's Madeira Beach — one of Angela's favorite places— around sunset, those who knew her put roses in the ocean, according to FOX 13. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Family Honors Life of Fla. Mom Found Dead After Going Missing with Teen Daughter: ‘It Hurts Us All’," 31 July 2020 Those are four of my favorite places on the planet, especially New Zealand. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "'Queer Eye' Star Bobby Berk Shares His Tips for Travel-inspired Home Design," 12 July 2020 The new line features soft colors and earthy materials inspired by our favorite coastal places. Susan Hall Mahon, Southern Living, "Coastal Living Has a New Furniture Line (You're Going to Want It All!)," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of favorite


1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1692, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for favorite

Noun and Adjective

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

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Time Traveler for favorite

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The first known use of favorite was in 1583

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9 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Favorite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favorite. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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



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

: most liked


fa·​vor·​ite | \ ˈfā-və-rət How to pronounce favorite (audio) , ˈfāv-rət \

Kids Definition of favorite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of favorite (Entry 2 of 2)

: most liked Pizza is my favorite food.

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