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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fey-ver-it, feyv-rit]
    • /ˈfeɪ vər ɪt, ˈfeɪv rɪt/
    • /ˈfeɪ.vər.ɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fey-ver-it, feyv-rit]
    • /ˈfeɪ vər ɪt, ˈfeɪv rɪt/

Definitions of favorite word

  • noun favorite a person or thing regarded with special favor or preference: That song is an old favorite of mine. 1
  • noun favorite Sports. a competitor considered likely to win. 1
  • noun favorite a person or thing popular with the public. 1
  • noun favorite a person treated with special or undue favor by a king, official, etc.: favorites at the court. 1
  • noun favorite Digital Technology. bookmark (def 3a). 1
  • adjective favorite regarded with particular favor or preference: a favorite child. 1

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Origin of favorite

First appearance:

before 1575
One of the 34% oldest English words
1575-85; < Middle French < Italian favorito, past participle of favorire to favor. See favor, -ite2

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Parts of speech for Favorite


favorite popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for favorite

noun favorite

  • choice — If there is a choice of things, there are several of them and you can choose the one you want.
  • number one — oneself, especially one's own well-being or interests: to look out for number one.
  • pick — to cast (a shuttle).
  • darling — You call someone darling if you love them or like them very much.
  • idol — an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed.

adjective favorite

  • chosen — Chosen is the past participle of choose.
  • favored — regarded or treated with preference or partiality: Her beauty made her the favored child.
  • preferred — to set or hold before or above other persons or things in estimation; like better; choose rather than: to prefer beef to chicken.
  • cherished — clung to, esp when fulfilment is unlikely
  • popular — regarded with favor, approval, or affection by people in general: a popular preacher.

Antonyms for favorite

noun favorite

  • dislike — to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
  • hate — to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
  • hatred — the feeling of one who hates; intense dislike or extreme aversion or hostility.
  • peeve — to render peevish; annoy.

adjective favorite

  • disliked — Simple past tense and past participle of dislike.
  • unpopular — not popular; disliked or ignored by the public or by persons generally.
  • public — of, relating to, or affecting a population or a community as a whole: public funds; a public nuisance.
  • hated — to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
  • loathed — to feel disgust or intense aversion for; abhor: I loathe people who spread malicious gossip.

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