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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This brush from Crown Affair will instantly become a new favorite for those with fine, thinning hair. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 13 Sep. 2022 Finally, with Michael out of the house, who's the new favorite to win? Dalton Ross, EW.com, 9 Sep. 2022 The deep bench of talent also extended to acts that have yet to venture stateside, making Øya the best place to find a new favorite. Laura Studarus, SPIN, 16 Aug. 2022 Meanwhile, a sharp white suit by Alexander McQueen is fast becoming a new favorite, with the Duchess wearing it three times already this year, most recently at the Commonwealth Games. Emily Chan, Glamour, 8 Aug. 2022 Scroll down to find your new favorite at an incredible price before the sale ends tonight. Sanah Faroke, PEOPLE.com, 13 July 2022 Not only will this minimal, luxe bottle from Tom Ford Beauty look great on your vanity, but its nose-pleasing scent of black truffle, bergamot, and black orchid might just become your new favorite. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 July 2022 That’s precisely what happened with his new favorite. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 26 June 2022 In late 1318, a man named Hugh Despenser became Edward’s new chamberlain and, shortly thereafter, became Edward’s new favorite. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 21 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For premiere days, fans often hire marching bands to play outside theaters and create towering multistory wooden structures in the likeness of their favorite stars, and then smother the structures in flower garlands and confetti. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2022 This ubiquitous green variety is one of the most tart apples, and a favorite apple among professional bakers. Julie Harans, Bon Appétit, 13 Sep. 2022 Don't hesitate to utilize this positive energy by linking up with some of your favorite people. Chicago Tribune, 13 Sep. 2022 Below, see what all your favorite stars wore on the 2022 Emmys red carpet—and be sure to check back for live updates and credits throughout the evening. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 12 Sep. 2022 The 74th Emmy Awards are here — and with them, some of the world's favorite TV stars are taking home gold and glory. Lanford Beard, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 While Facebook, YouTube and Twitter were making headlines and testifying before Congress, Snapchat spent the past decade quietly entrenching itself as teens’ favorite social media app. Naomi Nix, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2022 If that isn't enough, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor also hosts concerts and other live events, too—check their calendar to catch your favorite stars on stage. Rebecca Treon, Chron, 10 Sep. 2022 The Emmys kicked off with their non-televised, Creative Arts Awards ceremony this weekend, bringing with it surprise moments and big wins for some of your favorite stars. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 5 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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“Favorite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favorite. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for favorite


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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