Definition of favourite in English:

favourite

Line breaks: fa¦vour|ite
Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪv(ə)rɪt
 
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(US favorite)

adjective

[attributive]

noun

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  • 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
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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.
    Synonyms
    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.
    Synonyms
    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.

verb

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  • 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.

Phrases

favourite son

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 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.

Origin

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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