Definition of favourite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English favorite) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈfeɪvərɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪvərɪt//
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  1. 1  a person or thing that you like more than the others of the same type These biscuits are great favourites with the children. This song is a particular favourite of mine. The band played all my old favourites. Which one's your favourite? The programme has become a firm favourite with young people.
  2. 2  a person who is liked better by somebody and receives better treatment than others She loved all her grandchildren but Ann was her favourite.
  3. 3(computing) a record of a section of an app or the address of a website that enables you to find it quickly Add the website as a favourite. Have you added this website to your favourites list? I've added the sports section to my favourites. compare bookmark (2) See related entries: Using the Internet
  4. 4the horse, runner, team, etc. that is expected to win The favourite came third. favourite (for something) Her horse is the hot favourite for the race. favourite (to do something) AC Milan, the hot favourites to win the Champions League
  5. 5the person who is expected by most people to get a particular job or position favourite (for something) She's the favourite for the job. favourite (to do something) She's the favourite to succeed him as leader.
  6. Word Originlate 16th cent. (as a noun): from obsolete French favorit, from Italian favorito, past participle of favorire ‘to favour’, from Latin favor, from favere ‘show kindness to’ (related to fovere ‘cherish’).Extra examples ‘Show Me Love’ became a festival favourite. China was the early favourite to win the bidding. Gunn and Moran are prohibitive favourites. He began recording sentimental favourites. He is a favourite among his teammates. If I had to choose a favourite, it would be Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’. It may become a holiday favourite on video. Jopanini is second favourite for Saturday’s race, behind Bright Spark. My very favourite film is ‘The Wizard of Oz’. On paper, Stanford looks like the favourite. She is odds-on favourite to win a coveted Academy Award. The Brazilians still look firm favourites to take the title. The Colts are 5.5–point favourites at San Francisco this week The Spanish are the favourites to win. The band started with a crowd favourite. The forest was a favourite for family walks. The horse is an even money favourite. The movie has become a cult favourite. The song is a firm favourite with their fans. The woods surrounding the estate were a favourite for family walks. They perform their greatest hit and a new favourite. They were singing their childhood favourite, ‘Waterloo’. This movie is my all-time favourite. This painting is a particular favourite of mine. This song is an old favourite of mine. Tiger Woods is 3–2 favourite to win the Challenge. You will find all your old favourites in this book of poems. a theme song that remains a fan favourite The show has become a firm favourite with young people. These cakes are great favourites with the children. Which one’s your favourite?