Definition of favourite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪv(ə)rɪt/
(US favorite)


Preferred to all others of the same kind: their favourite Italian restaurant
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  • Do you play many games, and if so, do you have any favorite titles or preferred genres?
  • The same is true of my favourite pubs and restaurants: they tend to be places known only to locals.
  • It's one of my favourite restaurants, partly for the food but mainly for the atmosphere.
best-loved, most-liked, favoured, dearest, treasured, pet, special, closest to one's heart;


1A person or thing that is preferred to all others of the same kind or is especially well liked: my favourite is tandoori chicken the song is still a favourite after 20 years you could always fall back on that old favourite, the omelette
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  • Food vendors sell local favorites such as teriyaki chicken or beef stew with rice and macaroni salad.
  • When you have mulled over these questions and picked your favourites, you give money when and how you see fit.
  • I'll try to pick my three absolute favorites tomorrow and link to all the other ones that were good.
first choice, choice, pick, preference, pet, beloved, darling;
idol, hero, god, goddess, gem, jewel, jewel in the crown
informal blue-eyed boy, golden boy, teacher's pet, the apple of one's eye
North American informal fair-haired boy
1.1The competitor thought most likely to win a game or contest, especially by people betting on the outcome: the team are strong favourites
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  • They will be strong favourites having won the last four meetings between the sides.
  • Britain's three-day eventers are strong favourites for Olympic gold this summer.
  • We have been used to Britain crews going to the Olympic Games as favourites.
expected winner, probable winner, front runner
1.2A record of the address of a website or other data made to enable quick access; a bookmark.
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  • In terms of managing the list, keeping the list in any sort of order involves considerable effort in moving favourites into individual folders.
  • There are only a few { Web sites } I put in my favourites.
  • The Web Wheel gives you access to your browser, favorites or different Google search features.


[with object]
Record the address of (a website or other data) to enable quick access in future: you can see who else favourited the same pictures
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  • However, in terms of publicity, the video has already been viewed 673,641 times and been "favourited" by viewers 368 times.
  • YouTube, members decide which photographs and videos should rise to prominence by " favouriting ", linking and commenting.
  • Even better, you can see who else favourited the same pictures, and then look at thumbnails of all their favourites.


favourite son

Pronunciation: /ˌfeɪv(ə)rɪt ˈsʌn/
A famous man who is particularly popular in his native area: Essex’s favourite son will open at Lord’s to launch the cricket season
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  • It was the work of a schoolgirl, then 13, who was so moved by the impending departure of the town's favourite son that she committed her thoughts to verse.
  • Yes, the favourite son of American liberalism is back in the news.
  • It is not meant to be disparaging of Oxford's favourite son.
US 1.1 A person supported as a presidential candidate by delegates from the candidate’s home state: he hoped to strengthen his position as Maryland’s favourite son
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  • Upon the death of the Justice in 1851, he became New Hampshire's favorite son presidential candidate.
  • In 1880, he supported Ohio's favorite son, John Sherman, for the Republican presidential nomination, opposing a third term for Ulysses S. Grant.
  • In fact, the predecessor often chooses, endorses, or otherwise supports the favorite son as the most appropriate successor to pursue the course that he has established.


Late 16th century (as a noun): from obsolete French favorit, from Italian favorito, past participle of favorire 'to favour', from Latin favor (see favour).

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