favorite

noun
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?

favorite

adjective

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

darling, fave, minion, pet, preference, speed

Synonyms: Adjective

beloved, cherished, darling, dear, fair-haired, favored, fond, loved, pet, precious, special, sweet, white-headed

Antonyms: Adjective

unbeloved

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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 trailer teases your series favorites prepping for war. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Just Dropped Its Official Season 8 Trailer and There's So Much to Take In," 5 Mar. 2019 Oscars 2019: Cast Your Ballot Vote for your favorites and see Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern’s top picks in our annual Oscar ballot. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "The Oscar Favorite That Created an Existential Crisis in Hollywood," 22 Feb. 2019 One our favorites is Netgear's Nighthawk AC 1750 gigabit router. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Today's the Day to Replace That Busted Router and Upgrade Your Internet," 20 Feb. 2019 But one activity in particular is my absolute favorite: shopping. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Best Presidents’ Day 2019 Sales," 14 Feb. 2019 Play with them on for zany fun that drives every player equally insane; turn them down and cull your favorites for some classic, Mario Kart-style juice; or turn them off for pure Smash combat. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018 Share your best favorites on Instagram by tagging #RoomWithaView and @cntraveler. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Room With a View: The Best Hotel Views Around the World," 15 Oct. 2018 Of all the nutty ideas (and there are millions) in Riley’s movie, this was my least favorite. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Sorry to Bother You': The funniest movie you'll ever see about labor organizing," 11 July 2018 Korean yards are also the favorites to win one of the biggest ship orders ever—a deal for some 60 LNG carriers set to be signed by Qatar to ship gas from 2023. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Korea’s Mega-Merger of Shipyards Set to Dominate Global Shipbuilding," 6 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The finished product has always been my favorite part, with new colors, layouts, furniture, and the homeowner's reaction, of course. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Forget Doghouses—This Dog Has His Own Village," 28 Feb. 2019 The brides walked down the aisle on their fathers’ arms to an acoustic performance of ‘First Day of my Life’ by Bright Eyes, one of their favorite songs, performed by the band Alive. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Two Ultra-Stylish Brides Dreamed Up the Ultimate Countryside Wedding," 21 Feb. 2019 Want to dance around the house in your underwear, while singing along to your favorite song using your hairbrush as a microphone? Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "30 Fun Things to Do By Yourself in Your Lifetime," 3 Jan. 2019 Chip and Joanna Gaines may not agree on when to start listening to Christmas music, but the former Fixer Upper stars were able to compile a collection of their favorite songs for the season. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Released a Christmas Playlist So You Can Listen to All Their Favorite Songs," 23 Dec. 2018 Annnnd their favorite songs from the A Star Is Born soundtrack. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, Normal Sisters-in-Law, Both Attended the Queen's Christmas Lunch," 19 Dec. 2018 Just like your favorite song can instantly put you in a good mood, the right music can dust away the proverbial cobwebs. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 Wealthy Gulf investors planned to move into the chateau-like mansions that look like they were plucked straight out of your favorite Disney movie—until the project ran out of money. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "These Abandoned Homes Look Exactly Like What a Disney Princess Would Live In," 13 Feb. 2019 In contrast, my nine-year-old’s favorite movie is Crazy Rich Asians. John Brodie, Town & Country, "How to Talk to Your Children About Money," 29 Jan. 2019

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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 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

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 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

favorite

adjective

Kids Definition of favorite (Entry 2 of 2)

: most liked Pizza is my favorite food.

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