fa·​vor·​ite | \ ˈfā-v(ə-)rət How to pronounce favorite (audio) , ˈfā-vərt, chiefly dialectal ˈfā-və-ˌrīt\

Definition of favorite

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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

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


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Examples of favorite in a Sentence


Of all his books, do you have a favorite? That movie is my favorite. That movie is a great favorite with audiences everywhere.


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 slight favorite, at 8-5, is Zestful for trainer Mark Glatt and jockey Joe Talamo. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! What the CHRB rule book says," 15 Sep. 2019 Backing the Razorbacks as a double-digit favorite is financial suicide. Christopher Smith, al, "Week 3 SEC football betting preview," 14 Sep. 2019 Although the race is still wide open the pollsters’ favorite is Nabil Karoubi, a media mogul who is currently campaigning to be president from behind bars. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "Tunisia's Presidential Election 2019: Who's Running, What's at Stake," 13 Sep. 2019 Another favorite is a monumental Stickwork installation, created by environmental artist Patrick Doughery. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "From Chihuly glass to the Museum of Ice Cream, you have to see this immersive art to believe it," 12 Sep. 2019 The home team is 5-1 ATS in the past six in this series, and the favorite is 10-3-1 ATS in the past 14 in this series. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 7 Sep. 2019 Another favorite was to always hand the most urgent call to the car predicted to create the best outcome for that passenger: minimize journey time, use the least energy, or whatever else the designers prioritized. Jesse Dunietz, Popular Mechanics, "The Hidden Science of Elevators," 2 Sep. 2019 McCaffrey will need occasional rest and the current favorite for the backup role is Jordan Scarlett, a fifth-round pick (No. 154) in the 2019 NFL draft. oregonlive, "Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers in NFL preseason: Score, TV channel, how to watch live stream online," 29 Aug. 2019 Oak Park is the clear favorite behind three of the state’s top seniors in lineman Justin Rogers (Kentucky), safety/wideout Enzo Jennings (Penn State) and senior receiver Maliq Carr, the No. 5 tight end prospect in the nation. Wright Wilson And Keith Dunlap, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football 2019: Predicting conference winners," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Previously, naturalization ceremonies have taken place in courthouses, schools and even National Parks like the Statue of Liberty, but this year, the federal courts commemorated this once-in-a-lifetime moment with America's favorite pastime. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "15 new Americans sworn in as citizens before the first pitch at Phillies-Red Sox game," 17 Sep. 2019 Check out our favorite fashion moments at the 2019 ENVSN Festival. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Style At The 2019 ENVSN Festival," 16 Sep. 2019 Priyanka Chopra Jonas shared a video of some of her favorite moments in their relationship to mark her husband’s special day. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Priyanka Chopra Calls Nick Jonas the 'Most Generous Loving Man I've Ever Met' on His Birthday," 16 Sep. 2019 My favorite place to watch for whales is at the Shrine of St. Therese, about 11 miles north of Auke Bay. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Isn’t it about time you took a trip to Southeast Alaska?," 14 Sep. 2019 My favorite place to canoodle with my boo is at the mall. Longreads, "My Love Affair with Chairs," 13 Sep. 2019 This isn’t the first time our favorite Houston Texans player has gotten into hot water with kids. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Oops! J.J. Watt Has the Perfect Response to Making a Little Boy Cry," 12 Sep. 2019 The revelation that this DQ was closing caused a lot of people on Twitter to chime in with their favorite places to get hot eats and cool treats. oregonlive, "These are top 5 Portland-area Dairy Queen locations, according to readers," 12 Sep. 2019 In June, Kylie Jenner threw a birthday party themed around her friend’s favorite TV show. Sophie Charara, Wired, "Margaret Atwood's The Testaments Is Done With Handmaids," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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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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