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



(especially US English favorite) adjective
BrE BrE//ˈfeɪvərɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪvərɪt//
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  •  liked more than others of the same kind It's one of my favourite movies. Who is your favourite writer? January is my least favourite month. Synonymschoicefavourite preference selection pickThese are all words for a person or thing that is chosen, or that is liked more than others.choice a person or thing that is chosen:She’s the obvious choice for the job.favourite/​favorite a person or thing that you like more than the others of the same type:Which one’s your favourite?preference a thing that is liked better or best:Tastes and preferences vary from individual to individual.favourite or preference?Your favourites are the things you like best, and that you have, do, listen to, etc. often; your preferences are the things that you would rather have or do if you can choose.selection a number of people or things that have been chosen from a larger group:A selection of reader’s comments are published below.pick (rather informal) a person or thing that is chosen:She was his pick for best actress.Patterns somebody’s choice/​favourite/​pick for something somebody’s choice/​selection/​pick as something an obvious choice/​favourite/​selection a(n) excellent/​good/​popular/​fine choice/​selection
  • 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’).Idioms
      somebody’s favourite son
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    1. 1a performer, politician, sports player, etc., who is popular where they were born
    2. 2(in the US) a candidate for president who is supported by his or her own state in the first part of a campaign

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