Definitions for: Favorite

[n] something regarded with special favor or liking; "that book is one of my favorites"
[n] a special loved one
[n] a competitor thought likely to win
[adj] appealing to the general public; "a favorite tourist attraction"

Webster (1913) Definition: Fa"vor*ite, n. [OF. favorit favored, F. favori, fem.
favorite, p. p. of OF. favorir, cf. It. favorito, frm.
favorita, fr. favorire to favor. See Favor.]
1. A person or thing regarded with peculiar favor; one
treated with partiality; one preferred above others;
especially, one unduly loved, trusted, and enriched with
favors by a person of high rank or authority.

Committing to a wicked favorite All public cares.

2. pl. Short curls dangling over the temples; -- fashionable
in the reign of Charles II. [Obs.] --Farquhar.

3. (Sporting) The competitor (as a horse in a race) that is
judged most likely to win; the competitor standing highest
in the betting.

Fa"vor*ite, a.
Regarded with particular affection, esteem, or preference;
as, a favorite walk; a favorite child. ``His favorite
argument.'' --Macaulay.

Synonyms: darling, dearie, deary, ducky, favourite, favourite, favourite, front-runner, pet, popular

See Also: challenger, choice, chosen, competition, competitor, contender, lover, macushla, mollycoddle, pick, rival, selection, teacher's pet

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