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noun fa·vor·ite \ˈfā-v(ə-)rət, ˈfā-vərt, chiefly dialectal ˈfā-və-ˌrīt\

Definition of favorite

  1. 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. 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.

Origin and Etymology of favorite

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


First Known Use: 1583


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adjective fa·vor·ite

Definition of favorite

  1. :  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>

Origin and Etymology of favorite

see 1favorite


First Known Use: 1692


FAVORITE Defined for English Language Learners

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noun fa·vor·ite \ˈfā-v(ə-)rət, ˈfā-vərt, chiefly dialectal ˈfā-və-ˌrīt\

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


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adjective fa·vor·ite

Definition of favorite for English Language Learners

  • : most liked


FAVORITE Defined for Kids

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

Definition of favorite for Students

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


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adjective fa·vor·ite

Definition of favorite for Students

  1. :  most liked <Pizza is my favorite food.>



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