Definitions for favourite
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word favourite.
front-runner, favorite, favouritenoun
a competitor thought likely to win
darling, favorite, favourite, pet, dearie, deary, duckynoun
a special loved one
something regarded with special favor or liking
"that book is one of my favorites"
appealing to the general public
"a favorite tourist attraction"
favored, favorite(a), favourite(a), best-loved, pet, preferred, preferentadjective
preferred above all others and treated with partiality
"the favored child"
A person who enjoys special regard or favour.
A person who is preferred or trusted above all others.
A contestant or competitor thought most likely to win.
You were my favourite to win the spelling competition.
To add to one's list of favourites on a website that allows users to compile such lists.
Preferred or liked above all others (unless qualified.)
This is my second favourite occupation.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: favori, favorite, French; favorita, Ital.
Every particular master in criticism has his favourite passages in an author. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 202.
So fathers speak, persuasive speech and mild!
Their sage experience to the fav’rite child. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.
All favours and punishments passed by him, all offices and places of importance were distributed to his favourites. Philip Sidney.
I was a Thessalian gentleman, who, by mischance, having killed a favourite of the prince of that country, was pursued so cruelly, that in no place but by favour or corruption they would obtain my destruction. Philip Sidney, b. i.
The great man down, you mark, his fav’rite flies;
The poor advanc’d, makes friends of enemies. William Shakespeare, Haml.
Bid her steal into the plashed bower,
Where honeysuckles, ripen’d by the sun,
Forbid the sun to enter; like to favourites,
Made proud by princes, that advance their pride
Against that power that bred it. William Shakespeare.
Nothing is more vigilant, nothing more jealous than a favourite, especially towards the waining time, and suspect of satiety. Henry Wotton.
This man was very capable of being a great favourite to a great king. Edward Hyde.
What fav’rites gain, and what the nation owes,
Fly the forgetful world. Alexander Pope.
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".
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Rank popularity for the word 'favourite' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3116
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Rank popularity for the word 'favourite' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3110
Rank popularity for the word 'favourite' in Nouns Frequency: #1645
Rank popularity for the word 'favourite' in Adjectives Frequency: #414
The numerical value of favourite in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of favourite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Miserere is one of my favourite of your father's crescendos, i can hardly remember what it was about... other than forgiveness that is... and a toast to being alive.
The childhood .. is my favourite scene! Life is going so fast!
One of the biggest things they've been saying is that they want prices which are simple, consistent and low, the changes we're making today are a first step in that direction -- and we've focused on many of the favourite brands customers choose every day.
When in LA, the Mt Baldy mountain range was his favourite place, he would go there as often as he could, julian liked to say ‘I have never had a holiday but I do rest occasionally’ - well he’s resting now in a place he would truly approve of.
My all-time favourite bowlers are Mitchell Johnson, Wasim Akram and Brett Lee. I used to watch their videos and learn from them. I have learnt a lot from Johnson, and Malinga too. I try to learn from any senior bowlers who have played international cricket.
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- фаворит, любимецBulgarian
- préféré, favoriFrench
- favorit, kedvencHungarian
- faworyt, ulubieniec, ulubienicaPolish
- favorit, favorităRomanian
- любимец, фаворит, фаворитка, любимчикRussian
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