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favorite

noun fa·vor·ite \ ˈfā-v(ə-)rət , ˈfā-vərt , chiefly dialectal ˈfā-və-ˌrīt \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of favorite

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?

Examples of favorite in a Sentence

  1. Of all his books, do you have a favorite?

  2. That movie is my favorite.

  3. That movie is a great favorite with audiences everywhere.

Recent Examples of favorite from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of favorite

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

favorite Synonyms

Related Words

beloved, dear, sweetheart;

jewel, prize, treasure;

Phrases

cup of tea;


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favorite

adjective

Definition of favorite

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

Examples of favorite in a Sentence

  1. that teacher claims not to have any favorite students, although many in the class would disagree

  2. mint chocolate chip is my favorite flavor of ice cream

Recent Examples of favorite from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of favorite


FAVORITE Defined for English Language Learners

favorite

Definition of favorite for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of favorite for English Language Learners

  • : most liked


FAVORITE Defined for Kids

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favorite

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

Definition of favorite for Students

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

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favorite

adjective

Definition of favorite for Students

: most liked
  • Pizza is my favorite food.


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