What does Favorite mean?

Definitions for Favorite
ˈfeɪ vər ɪt, ˈfeɪv rɪtfa·vorite

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Favorite.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. favorite, favouritenoun

    something regarded with special favor or liking

    "that book is one of my favorites"

  2. darling, favorite, favourite, pet, dearie, deary, duckynoun

    a special loved one

  3. front-runner, favorite, favouriteadjective

    a competitor thought likely to win

  4. favorite, favouriteadjective

    appealing to the general public

    "a favorite tourist attraction"

  5. favored, favorite(a), favourite(a), best-loved, pet, preferred, preferentadjective

    preferred above all others and treated with partiality

    "the favored child"


  1. favoritenoun

    Preferred one, one with special favor

    The teacher's favorite always went first.

  2. favoritenoun

    Expected or most probable to win.

    He's the favorite, he'll probably be elected.

  3. favoriteverb

    To bookmark.

  4. favoriteverb

    To add to one's list of favorites on a website that allows users to compile such lists.

  5. favoriteadjective


    That is my favorite flavor of ice cream, I'd eat it daily if I could.

  6. Etymology: From favorit or favori past participle of favorir.


  1. favorite

    A favourite (British English) or favorite (American English) was the intimate companion of a ruler or other important person. In post-classical and early-modern Europe, among other times and places, the term was used of individuals delegated significant political power by a ruler. It was especially a phenomenon of the 16th and 17th centuries, when government had become too complex for many hereditary rulers with no great interest in or talent for it, and political institutions were still evolving. From 1600 to 1660 there were particular successions of all-powerful minister-favourites in much of Europe, particularly in Spain, England, France and Sweden.The term is also sometimes employed by writers who want to avoid terms such as "royal mistress", "friend", "companion", or "lover" (of any gender). Several favourites had sexual relations with the monarch (or the monarch's spouse), but the feelings of the monarch for the favourite ran the gamut from simple faith in the favourite's abilities to various degrees of emotional affection and dependence, and sometimes even encompassed sexual infatuation. The term has an inbuilt element of disapproval and is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "One who stands unduly high in the favour of a prince", citing Shakespeare: "Like favourites/ Made proud by Princes" (Much Ado about Nothing, 3.1.9).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Favoritenoun

    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

  2. Favoritenoun

    short curls dangling over the temples; -- fashionable in the reign of Charles II

  3. Favoritenoun

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

  4. Favoriteadjective

    regarded with particular affection, esteem, or preference; as, a favorite walk; a favorite child

  5. Etymology: [OF. favorit favored, F. favori, fem. favorite, p. p. of OF. favorir, cf. It. favorito, frm. favorita, fr. favorire to favor. See Favor.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Favorite is ranked #20636 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Favorite surname appeared 1,283 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Favorite.

    62.1% or 797 total occurrences were White.
    32.7% or 420 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 34 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 19 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Favorite in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Favorite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Favorite in a Sentence

  1. Jon Cooper:

    I hope they didn’t have the camera on me because my eyes were a little watery, it showed what a fan favorite he was. He deserved it.

  2. Lindsey Graham:

    After a thorough review of Judge Jackson’s record and information gained at the hearing from an evasive witness, I now know why Judge Jackson was the favorite of the radical left.

  3. Don Felder:

    I would say 'Bye Bye Love' is one of my favorite influential songs to this day, and ironically, they were so in sync with their harmonies that they sounded like one person. That approach to hearing and formulating harmonies stuck in my head, so when I joined the Eagles, my ear was trained to be able to hear a vocal that way.

  4. Roberto Luongo:

    It feels surreal, i've been watching and getting a gazillion text messages. It’s a really, truly humbling experience, and the best part of the whole thing is that I get to go in with two of my favorite teammates of all time and two of the greatest people I know in Henrik and Daniel. That makes it so exciting for me to be a part of it.

  5. Marlon Figuero:

    You develop a palate of what you like, and you are much more aware of what you are drinking, you appreciate the time it takes to make the wine, and how much work went into it…. When I get together with my friends, we bring our favorite discoveries. It’s fun to share wine and create memories.

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