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

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

John Montefusco was a fan favorite who was losing his mojo. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Antonio Brown’s spat with Mike Mayock reminds of T.O., Sprewell, other Bay Area infights," 5 Sep. 2019 McCarty quickly became a fan favorite, known more for his epic brawls on the ice. Kathleen Gray, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Detroit Red Wing player joins marijuana company," 4 Sep. 2019 The Color Rush uniforms from last season that became fan favorites will become the team’s primary uniform. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Browns Color Rush uniforms will become primary uniforms for 2019," 4 Sep. 2019 My raw numbers indicate Auburn should be a 23-point favorite, but that’s before situational adjustments. Christopher Smith, al, "Don’t assume Auburn -18 against Tulane is easy money," 3 Sep. 2019 Mom loved to cook in abundance, bake cakes, banana was a favorite and her brownies were the best and loved by all. courant.com, "Elizabeth Mary Ellis," 3 Sep. 2019 Boos rained down from the crowd, and Lopez quickly became the fan favorite. Jill Martin, CNN, "Daniil Medvedev wins again, trolls again at the US Open," 1 Sep. 2019 In the last two seasons, his character has become a fan favorite, causing him to be bumped up to a series regular for season 3. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Yellowstone' Actor Forrie J. Smith Reveals What It's Like to Work with Kevin Costner," 30 Aug. 2019 Co-chairmen Jerry Squadrito and Tim O’Connor led a dedicated staff of volunteers who rolled up their sleeves to put on another successful tournament that has become a neighborhood favorite. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Walk on Water Fishing Tournament combines family fun and Special Olympics charity," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

On a recent Saturday afternoon in Chicago, Litwin chats over pizza at his favorite restaurant. Los Angeles Times, oregonlive.com, "He went to jail for impersonating a doctor; then, he went to medical school," 24 Aug. 2019 Annie Lane's debut book -- featuring favorite columns on love, friendship, family and etiquette -- is available as a paperback and e-book. cleveland.com, "Dear Annie: We’re tired of our adult son treating us like his personal piggy bank," 24 Aug. 2019 Pascal’s Mandalorian, whose look is reminiscent of fan-favorite bounty hunters Jango and Boba Fett from the earlier film trilogies, has made his way to the outer reaches of the galaxy, beyond the reach of the laws of the New Republic. Ashley Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Disney debuts first trailer for ‘Star Wars’ series ‘The Mandalorian’ at D23," 23 Aug. 2019 Shop our Big Little Lies costume inspiration right here, personalize your look based on your favorite episode, and take Halloween as an excuse to rewatch Seasons 1 and 2 to really get into character. Caylin Harris, Country Living, "The Best 'Big Little Lies' Costumes That'll Make You One of the Monterey 5 for Halloween," 23 Aug. 2019 But led by the likes of quarterback Casey Case, wide receiver Marcus Clarke and defensive back Ethan Pouncey, Winter Park is the favorite to extend its streak. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Class 8A, District 3: district champs Winter Park, Oviedo, Hagerty collide," 22 Aug. 2019 The backyard holds claim to both Richard and Cindy’s favorite space. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "Couple finds the perfect Victorian home in Peoria. Take a look," 22 Aug. 2019 The Luminary Bakery in East London is thrilled that Meghan Markle is supporting their social enterprise, helping disadvantaged women bake their way to the top This just might be Meghan Markle’s favorite bakery! Moniquejessen, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Shares Her 'Sweetest' Instagram Yet of the Bakery That Made Her Epic Birthday Cake," 22 Aug. 2019 Plus, the pair talk about baby Ella’s favorite dish, how family inspired Keshia to get behind the stove and much more! Essence, "We're In The Kitchen With Keshia Knight Pulliam Talking Food, Family & Baby Ella," 21 Aug. 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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