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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for favorite

Synonyms: Noun

darling, fave, minion, pet, preference, speed

Synonyms: Adjective

big, faddish, faddy, fashionable, happening, hot, in, modish, pop, popular, popularized, red-hot, vogue, voguish

Antonyms: Adjective

out, unfashionable, unpopular

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Scherzer is the heart and soul of the team, the early favorite to become the first man to wear a Curly W hat to the Hall of Fame. Chelsea Janes, chicagotribune.com, "Bryce Harper plays All-Star week host in a city he could soon be leaving," 13 July 2018 Viewers can look forward to the return of several fan favorites including Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, Danica McKellar, and Kellie Martin, along with the cast of When Calls the Heart who will be featured in a new holiday movie. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark Extends ‘Countdown to Christmas’ Lineup to a Record 36 New Holiday Movies This Year," 11 July 2018 Coral reefs aren't getting enough bird poop Hungry for even more deep-dives on your next favorite topic? Scott Thurm, WIRED, "Microsoft Calls For Federal Regulation of Facial Recognition," 13 July 2018 Easy to navigate by bike, Boulder is a favorite of triathletes, who find joy in suffering up excruciating hills. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 Kavanaugh is said to be a favorite of White House Counsel Don McGahn, who is supervising the search. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Here are the 4 Supreme Court candidates, including the one who was ‘most likely to succeed’ at Waltham High School in 1983," 9 July 2018 Big, bulky, and colorful kicks continue to be a favorite of the hyper-fashionable crowd and hypebeasts alike, and the Yung-1 falls right into that sweet spot. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Adidas's Hardest-To-Get Sneaker Can Finally Be Yours," 28 June 2018 Trump has long talked about his love for Harley-Davidson Apart from being an American brand, Harley-Davidson is also a favorite of Trump’s. Abigail Simon, Time, "7 Ways Donald Trump Made Harley-Davidson a Target," 26 June 2018 Pinker’s most recent book, Enlightenment Now, is a favorite of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and filled with data, noted Murray. John Patrick Pullen, Fortune, "From Happiness to Existential Threats, an Evening With Steven Pinker," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

One of my favorite parts of the preserve is a trip to the top of Flat Top Mountain at an elevation of over 1,080 feet. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "10 Miles Of Trails Open 7 Days A Week, 52 Weeks A Year. Sherman's Deer Pond Farm Makes Its Debut," 13 July 2018 My favorite part of my business is all of the education that’s required. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Down to Business: West Dundee center helps clients learn about hemp-based products, apply for medical cannabis," 11 July 2018 Her favorite part so far was the blood splatter room. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "Instead of watching Netflix, KC kids dust for fingerprints at police academy," 9 July 2018 One night my daughter came home from her friend Eliza’s house and said that her favorite part about the visit had been meeting her friend’s grandmother at dinner. David Netto, Town & Country, "Remembering Texan Hostess Pat Breen," 6 July 2018 McDermott owned Reggie Miller and Austin Croshere jerseys, referred to Jermaine O’Neal as one of his favorite players and called his time with former Pacers coach Rick Carlisle in Dallas a dream come true. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "New Pacer Doug McDermott grew up a Pacers, Reggie Miller fan," 6 July 2018 My favorite part working on Broadway is going out after the show and telling hilarious stories about [our] worst auditions, wigs falling off, bras exploding. Loren King, BostonGlobe.com, "Series that brings Broadway stars to Provincetown may lose its home," 5 July 2018 But that’s actually my favorite part of Silicon Valley culture — the blind exuberance and goofiness and the kids who flood in from around the world. New York Times, "So, About That Treadmill Desk in the Newsroom," 4 July 2018 As some of you may already know, Cousins is hands-down my favorite player in the NBA. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "Boogie Cousins Heads for the Bay," 3 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'favorite.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about favorite

Statistics for favorite

Last Updated

23 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for favorite

The first known use of favorite was in 1583

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for favorite

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on favorite

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for favorite

Spanish Central: Translation of favorite

Nglish: Translation of favorite for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of favorite for Arabic Speakers

Comments on favorite

What made you want to look up favorite? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!