fa·​vor·​ite | \ ˈfā-v(ə-)rət How to pronounce favorite (audio) , 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?



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 He's carved out a respectable career in the decade and a half since, becoming a fan-favorite on the PGA Tour with five wins in his pocket. Brian Stensaas, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 Kevin Kiley, 36, is a Republican state assemblyman from the Sacramento area who emerged as a favorite among GOP volunteers who gathered petition signatures for the recall. Michael R. Blood And Kathleen Ronayne, USA TODAY, 18 July 2021 The nomination of Gupta, long seen as a favorite of the administration, has been supported by moderate Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin – a key vote in the Senate who has both thwarted and bolstered Biden’s legislative agenda. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 13 July 2021 Cox, 46, has emerged as a favorite of the wing of the Republican Party that continues to support former President Donald Trump. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, 4 July 2021 Sonora Ponceña is a universal sound and proven through 67 years as a favorite of all salseros. Pamela Bustios, Billboard, 18 June 2021 The site has Brooklyn as a favorite on the road to move to a 3-1 series lead. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2021 Legge cites Beeswax candles as a favorite for Airbnb. Trevor Clawson, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Medina Spirit enters the race as the favorite of the 10-horse field at 9-to-5 odds as of Friday afternoon. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 15 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective High-speed rail is a favorite of progressives, said Alan Minsky of Progressive Democrats of America. Ted Mann, WSJ, 15 July 2021 Suns fans have Phoenix native and Sunnyslope alum Nick McKellar to thank for starting the trend in the most violent way in support of his favorite team. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2021 Interactive displays and explainers offer a side of brain science in a selfie wonderland that is a favorite for kids. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Social media reactions to this news have been overwhelmingly positive since the road white jerseys have long been a fan favorite. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 14 July 2021 All Mayer needed to switch allegiances was to be drafted by his favorite team’s rival. BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2021 The markdowns extend across categories, from fashion and beauty to travel and home, including major brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Longchamp (a Meghan Markle favorite), and, for the first time ever, Dyson. Talia Abba, Glamour, 12 July 2021 Shohei Ohtani has become one of baseball’s best players and a favorite to win the American League MVP award. Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2021 America's game is back, with the stands filled with people cheering for their favorite baseball team. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 4 July 2021

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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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The first known use of favorite was in 1583

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29 Jul 2021

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“Favorite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favorite. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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