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 (fā′vər-ĭt, fāv′rĭt)
a. One that enjoys special favor or regard.
b. One that is trusted, indulged, or preferred above all others, especially by a superior: a favorite of the monarch.
2. A contestant or competitor regarded as most likely to win.
Liked or preferred above all others; regarded with special favor.

[Obsolete French favorit, from Old Italian favorito, past participle of favorire, to favor, from favore, favor, from Latin favor; see favor.]


(ˈfeɪ vər ɪt, ˈfeɪv rɪt)

1. a person or thing regarded with special preference, pleasure, or approval.
2. a competitor or contestant considered likely to win.
3. a person treated with special or undue favor by a king, official, etc.: favorites at the court.
4. regarded with particular favor or preference.
[1575–85; < Middle French < Italian favorito, past participle of favorire to favor; see favor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.favorite - something regarded with special favor or likingfavorite - something regarded with special favor or liking; "that book is one of my favorites"
choice, pick, selection - the person or thing chosen or selected; "he was my pick for mayor"
2.favorite - a special loved onefavorite - a special loved one      
lover - a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
chosen - one who is the object of choice; who is given preference; "she was Mama's chosen"
macushla - (an Irish term of address expressing affection) darling
mollycoddle - a pampered darling; an effeminate man
teacher's pet - the teacher's favorite student
3.favorite - a competitor thought likely to win
challenger, competitor, contender, rival, competition - the contestant you hope to defeat; "he had respect for his rivals"; "he wanted to know what the competition was doing"
Adj.1.favorite - appealing to the general public; "a favorite tourist attraction"
popular - regarded with great favor, approval, or affection especially by the general public; "a popular tourist attraction"; "a popular girl"; "cabbage patch dolls are no longer popular"
2.favorite - preferred above all others and treated with partialityfavorite - preferred above all others and treated with partiality; "the favored child"
loved - held dear; "his loved companion of many years"


1. One liked or preferred above all others:
2. A competitor regarded as the most likely winner:
Informal: shoo-in.
1. Being a favorite:
2. Given special, usually doting treatment:
좋아하는좋아하는 것
người/vật yêu thíchưa thích


مُفَضَّل favorit, nejoblíbenější favorit, yndlings- Liebling, Lieblings- αγαπημένος, φαβορί favorito lempi-, suosikki préféré favorit, omiljen preferito お気に入り, 大好きな 좋아하는, 좋아하는 것 favoriet favoritt, favoritt- ulubieniec, ulubiony favorito излюбленный, любимец favorit, favorit- คนหรือสิ่งของที่ชอบเป็นพิเศษ, ที่ชอบที่สุด gözde người/vật yêu thích, ưa thích 最喜爱的东西, 特别喜爱的
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This was Jo's favorite refuge, and here she loved to retire with half a dozen russets and a nice book, to enjoy the quiet and the society of a pet rat who lived near by and didn't mind her a particle.
He thought it fine that he should be thus selected as the favorite of the richest and most at- tractive girl in town.
Pontellier was a great favorite, and ladies, men, children, even nurses, were always on hand to say goodby to him.
The loyal servants of the British crown had given to one of these forest-fastnesses the name of William Henry, and to the other that of Fort Edward, calling each after a favorite prince of the reigning family.
One afternoon he was seized with an irresistible desire to blow soap-bubbles; an amusement, as Hepzibah told Phoebe apart, that had been a favorite one with her brother when they were both children.
The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions; stars shoot and meteors glare oftener across the valley than in any other part of the country, and the nightmare, with her whole ninefold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols.
In a few minutes, however, he was missed by his shipmates, and being, it seems, for some reason a huge favorite with them, they raised a cry of Bulkington
no wonder that in old times this sperm was such a favorite cosmetic.
As for Merrylegs, he and I soon became great friends; he was such a cheerful, plucky, good-tempered little fellow that he was a favorite with every one, and especially with Miss Jessie and Flora, who used to ride him about in the orchard, and have fine games with him and their little dog Frisky.
Any one who was considered to be dangerous by them would find that he was not a favorite with his boss; and Marija had been a great hand for going after the foreign people and preaching to them.
Eliza had been brought up by her mistress, from girlhood, as a petted and indulged favorite.
Germany is rich in folk-songs, and the words and airs of several of them are peculiarly beautiful--but "The Lorelei" is the people's favorite.