front-runner, favorite, favourite(noun)
a competitor thought likely to win
darling, favorite, favourite, pet, dearie, deary, ducky(noun)
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, preferent(adj)
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.
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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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'favourite' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3116
Written Corpus Frequency
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