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favourite

(ˈfeɪvərɪt; ˈfeɪvrɪt) or

favorite

adj
(prenominal) most liked; preferred above all others
n
1.
a. a person or thing regarded with especial preference or liking
b. (as modifier): a favourite book.
2. (Horse Racing) sport a competitor thought likely to win
3. (Computer Science) (pl) computing a place on certain browsers that allows internet users to list the addresses of websites they find and like with a click of the mouse so that they can revisit them merely by opening the list and clicking on the address
4. play favourites to display favouritism
[C16: from Italian favorito, from favorire to favour, from Latin favēre]

favourite

Your favourite thing or person of a particular type is the one you like most.

What is your favourite television programme?
Her favourite writer is Hans Christian Andersen.

Don't use 'most' with favourite. Don't say, for example, 'This is my most favourite book'. You say 'This is my favourite book'.

The American spelling of 'favourite' is favorite.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.favourite - 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"
2.favourite - a special loved onefavourite - 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.favourite - something regarded with special favor or likingfavourite - 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"
Adj.1.favourite - 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.favourite - preferred above all others and treated with partialityfavourite - preferred above all others and treated with partiality; "the favored child"
loved - held dear; "his loved companion of many years"

favourite

adjective
1. preferred, favoured, best-loved, most-liked, special, choice, dearest, pet, esteemed, of choice, fave (informal) Her favourite writer is Charles Dickens.
noun
1. darling, pet, preference, blue-eyed boy (informal), pick, choice, dear, beloved, idol, fave (informal), teacher's pet, the apple of your eye He was a favourite of the King.
2. front runner The favourite is expected to be the local horse.
Translations
مُفَضَّلالمُفَضَّل
favoritnejoblíbenějšíoblíbený
favorityndlings-favorit-
lempi-suosikki
favoritomiljen
uppáhalduppáhalds-
お気に入り大好きな
좋아하는좋아하는 것
favoritfavorit-
คนหรือสิ่งของที่ชอบเป็นพิเศษที่ชอบที่สุด
gözdegözde biri/bir şeyen sevilenfavori
người/vật yêu thíchưa thích

favourite

favorite (US) [ˈfeɪvərɪt]
A. ADJfavorito, preferido
B. N
1. (= object) → favorito/a m/f; (= person) → preferido/a m/f, favorito/a m/f; (spoilt) → consentido/a m/f; (at court) → valido m, privado m; (= mistress) → querida f
he sang some old favouritescantó algunas de las viejas y conocidas canciones
2. (in race, contest, election) → favorito/a m/f
Liverpool are favourites to winel Liverpool es el gran favorito
C. CPD favourite son N (US) (Pol) → hijo m predilecto

favourite

[ˈfeɪvrɪt] (British) favorite (US)
adj [thing, activity, place, person, colour, food] → préféré(e), favori(te)
Blue is my favourite colour → Le bleu est ma couleur préférée., Le bleu est ma couleur favorite.
n
(= preferred person, activity, thing) → préféré(e) m/f, favori(te) m/f
(= one most likely to win) (in competition, race, election)favori(te) m/f
to be the favourite → être le favori(la)(te)
Liverpool are favourites to win the Cup → L'équipe de Liverpool est favorite pour la coupe.

favourite

, (US) favorite
n
(= person)Liebling m; (Hist, pej) → Günstling m; he is a universal favouriteer ist allgemein beliebt; which of her children is her favourite?welches Kind mag sie am liebsten or ist ihr Liebling?
(= thing) this one is my favouritedas habe ich am liebsten; this book/dress is my favouritedas ist mein Lieblingsbuch/-kleid; we sang all the old favouriteswir haben all die alten Lieder gesungen
(Sport) → Favorit(in) m(f); Chelsea are the favouritesChelsea ist (der) Favorit
(Internet) → Favorit m; to add/organize favouritesFavoriten hinzufügen/verwalten
adj attrLieblings-; my favourite book/dressmein Lieblingsbuch nt/-kleid nt

favourite

favorite (Am) [ˈfeɪvərɪt]
1. adjfavorito/a, preferito/a
2. nfavorito/a, preferito/a; (Horse-racing) → favorito/a
it's a favourite of mine → è uno dei miei preferiti, è tra i miei favoriti
he sang some old favourites → ha cantato dei vecchi successi

favour

(American) favor (ˈfeivə) noun
1. a kind action. Will you do me a favour and lend me your car?
2. kindness or approval. She looked on him with great favour.
3. preference or too much kindness. By doing that he showed favour to the other side.
4. a state of being approved of. He was very much in favour with the Prime Minister.
verb
to support or show preference for. Which side do you favour?
ˈfavourable adjective , (American) favorable
1. showing approval. Was her reaction favourable or unfavourable?
2. helpful or advantageous. a favourable wind.
ˈfavourably , (American) favorably adverb
ˈfavourite (-rit) , (American) favorite adjective
best-liked; preferred. his favourite city.
noun
a person or thing that one likes best. Of all her paintings that is my favourite.
ˈfavouritism (-ri-) , (American) favoritism noun
preferring or supporting one person etc more than another. I can't be accused of favouritism – I voted for everyone!
in favour of
in support of. I am in favour of higher pay.
in one's favour
to one's benefit or advantage. The wind was in our favour.

favour, noun, ends in -our.
The adjective favourable is also spelt with -our-.

favourite

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
References in classic literature ?
I am sure you will like them; indeed, you DO like them, you know, very much already, and so does my mother; and they are such favourites with Harry
What did he mean by talking about favourites, then?
Let us drink, Thanks to Fortune, and may she ever pick out her favourites with equal judgment
Such were the words which burst from the train, expectants all of them of similar grants at the expense of King Richard's followers and favourites, if indeed they had not as yet received such.
And then as I was hurrying off I heard him say, quite loudly, to the doctor, "I'll have no favourites on my ship.
These unhappy people were proposing schemes for persuading monarchs to choose favourites upon the score of their wisdom, capacity, and virtue; of teaching ministers to consult the public good; of rewarding merit, great abilities, eminent services; of instructing princes to know their true interest, by placing it on the same foundation with that of their people; of choosing for employments persons qualified to exercise them, with many other wild, impossible chimeras, that never entered before into the heart of man to conceive; and confirmed in me the old observation, "that there is nothing so extravagant and irrational, which some philosophers have not maintained for truth.
You are one of her favourites, and, I am afraid, one of her victims also.
When he goes abroad his throne is prepared upon the back of an elephant, and on either side of him ride his ministers, his favourites, and courtiers.
At length some of his favourites whom he most confided in, knowing his cruelty and our inability to pay what he demanded, and apprehending that, if he should put us to the death he threatened, they should soon see the fleets of Portugal in the Red Sea, laying their towns in ashes to revenge it, endeavoured to soften his passion and preserve our lives, offering to advance the sum we should agree for, without any other security than our words.
This "scabby one" rowed at the oar as a slave of the Grand Signor's for fourteen years, and when over thirty-four years of age, in resentment at having been struck by a Turk while at the oar, turned renegade and renounced his faith in order to be able to revenge himself; and such was his valour that, without owing his advancement to the base ways and means by which most favourites of the Grand Signor rise to power, he came to be king of Algiers, and afterwards general-on-sea, which is the third place of trust in the realm.
Nor had you any curiosity to know other states or their laws: your affections did not go beyond us and our state; we were your especial favourites, and you acquiesced in our government of you; and here in this city you begat your children, which is a proof of your satisfaction.
Every girl in or near Meryton was out of her senses about him for the first two months; but he never distinguished HER by any particular attention; and, consequently, after a moderate period of extravagant and wild admiration, her fancy for him gave way, and others of the regiment, who treated her with more distinction, again became her favourites.