Definition of favorite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfāv(ə)rət/
(British favourite)


Preferred before all others of the same kind: their favorite 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, favored, dearest;
preferred, chosen, choice


1A person or thing that is especially popular or particularly well liked by someone: the song is still a favorite after 20 years
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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, pick, preference, pet, darling, the apple of one's eye
informal blue-eyed boy/girl, golden boy/girl, fair-haired boy/girl, daddy's girl
1.1The competitor thought most likely to win a game or contest, especially by people betting on the outcome: he was the early favorite to win the South Carolina caucuses
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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, odds-on favorite, top seed, top pick, 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 favorited 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.


favorite son

A famous man who is particularly popular and praised for his achievements in his native area: Green Bay’s favorite son is equal parts laid-back and hot-blooded
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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.
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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 favor', from Latin favor (see favor).

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Syllabification: fa·vor·ite

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