From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfavouritefa‧vou‧rite1 British English, favorite American English /ˈfeɪvərət/ ●●● S2 W2 adjective [only before noun] 1 FAVOURITE/FAVORITEyour favourite person or thing is the one that you like the most a child’s favourite toy What’s your favourite colour? a favorite spot for picnickers2 → favourite son
Examples from the Corpusfavourite• Eg. One of the idols is Paul Newman and the favourite cars are mustangs.• My favourite colour is purple.• Witness last year's curdling, bubbling row with his erstwhile favourite model and muse Inès de la Fressange.• My favourite moment of that visit was seeing Jennifer the donkey.• Anyway, although I worship the ground Strachan dribbles on, he's not my favourite player of all time for Leeds.• Miranda's heart had looped the loop as she happily accepted an invitation to lunch at Rules, his favourite restaurant.favouritefavourite2 British English, favorite American English ●●● S2 W2 noun [countable] 1 FAVOURITE/FAVORITEsomething that you like more than other things of the same kind Can we have strawberries? They’re my favourite.an old/firm/particular favourite a sweater that’s an old favoritefavourite with Dahl’s books are firm favourites with children.2 FAVOURITE/FAVORITEsomeone who is liked and treated better than others by a teacher or parent You always were Dad’s favourite.play favorites American English (=treat one person better than others) The manager insisted he doesn’t play favorites. → favouritism3 DSEXPECTthe team, player etc that is expected to win a race or competitionfavourite to do something Italy were the favourites to win the World Cup. He was the hot favourite for the Booker Prize.4 → favourites
Examples from the Corpusfavourite• My current favourite is a street in Acton, west London.• I love all his films but 'Rashomon' is my favourite.• The recipe of the old favourite is being changed after 60 years in a bid to lick the recession.• But G.G. Gallup's mirror experiments, from the mid-1970s, are a particular favourite of those prowling for overt evidence.• Admit it, you were always Mom's favourite.• And they've returned to their favourite in Minehead, Somerset, 126 times.hot favourite• Hardy was a hot favourite before the fight and did not let a sell-out crowd down by producing the expected victory.• He is hot favourite for a semi-final place.• And you are the hot favourite, bonny lass.• The hot favourite at 6-4 was Craganour.favouritefavourite3 British English, favorite American English verb [transitive] to mark a website as a favourite on your browser Favourite our website and keep checking for the latest bargains!