What does favourite mean?

Definitions for favourite

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. front-runner, favorite, favourite(noun)

    a competitor thought likely to win

  2. darling, favorite, favourite, pet, dearie, deary, ducky(noun)

    a special loved one

  3. favorite, favourite(adj)

    something regarded with special favor or liking

    "that book is one of my favorites"

  4. favorite, favourite(adj)

    appealing to the general public

    "a favorite tourist attraction"

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

    preferred above all others and treated with partiality

    "the favored child"


  1. favourite(Noun)

    A person who enjoys special regard or favour.

  2. favourite(Noun)

    A person who is preferred or trusted above all others.

  3. favourite(Noun)

    A contestant or competitor thought most likely to win.

    You were my favourite to win the spelling competition.

  4. favourite(Verb)

    To bookmark.

  5. favourite(Verb)

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

  6. favourite(Adjective)

    Preferred or liked above all others (unless qualified.)

    This is my second favourite occupation.


  1. Favourite

    A favourite, or favorite, was the intimate companion of a ruler or other important person. In medieval and Early Modern Europe, among other times and places, the term is used of individuals delegated significant political power by a ruler. It is especially a phenomenon of the 16th and 17th centuries, when government had become too complex for many hereditary rulers with no great interest or talent for it, and political constitutions were still evolving. The period 1600-1660 saw 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 conservative writers who want to avoid terms such as "royal mistress", or "friend", "companion" or "lover" of either sex. Several favourites had sexual relations with the monarch, but the feelings of the monarch for the favourite covered the full gamut from a simple faith in the favourite's abilities, through various degrees of emotional affection and dependence, to 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".

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'favourite' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3116

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'favourite' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3110

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'favourite' in Nouns Frequency: #1645

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'favourite' in Adjectives Frequency: #414


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of favourite in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of favourite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Inside a dark well, everyman’s favourite colour is blue!

  2. Marwan Kammoun:

    The childhood .. is my favourite scene! Life is going so fast!

  3. Yulia Vinogradova:

    Alexei was the favourite of the whole family, he united us and supported us.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    It is rare to find a woman who is not her first and foremost favourite only.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Disasters have no mercy hours where they stop visiting the people; for them, all hours are favourite and legitimate to visit!

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