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Borrowed from Middle French favorit, from Old French favorit or Italian favorito (favoured, favourite), past participle of Italian favorire (to favor). Doublet of favori.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfeɪv.ɹɪt/
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favourite (not comparable) (Britain, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Malta, South Africa)

  1. Preferred or liked above all others (unless qualified).
    This is my second favourite occupation.
    Antonyms: least favorite, unfavourite, unfavorite
  2. Belonging to a category whose members are all preferred or liked over nonmembers.
    I just saw a movie with all my favourite actors in it.



favourite (plural favourites) (Britain, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Malta, South Africa)

  1. A person or thing who enjoys special regard or favour.
    The teacher's favourite always went first.
    Antonyms: unfavourite, unfavorite
  2. A person who is preferred or trusted above all others.
  3. A contestant or competitor thought most likely to win.
    You were my favourite to win the spelling competition.
    She's the favourite, she'll probably be elected.
    Synonym: top dog
  4. (Internet) A bookmark in a web browser.
  5. (in the plural) A short curl dangling over the temples, fashionable in the reign of Charles II.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Farquhar to this entry?)

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favourite (third-person singular simple present favourites, present participle favouriting, simple past and past participle favourited) (Britain, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Malta, South Africa)

  1. To favour.
  2. (Internet) To bookmark.
  3. (Internet) To add to one's list of favourite items on a website that allows users to compile such lists.
    Antonyms: unfavourite, unfavorite

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