From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfavouritefa‧vou‧rite1 British English, favorite American English /ˈfeɪvərət/ ●●●S2W2 adjective [only before noun]1FAVOURITE/FAVORITEyour favourite person or thing is the one that you like the mosta child’s favourite toyWhat’s your favourite colour?a favorite spot for picnickers2 →favourite son
favouritefavourite2 British English, favorite American English ●●●S2W2 noun [countable]1FAVOURITE/FAVORITEsomething that you like more than other things of the same kindCan we have strawberries? They’re my favourite.an old/firm/particular favouritea sweater that’s an old favoritefavourite withDahl’s books are firm favourites with children.2FAVOURITE/FAVORITEsomeone who is liked and treated better than others by a teacher or parentYou always were Dad’s favourite.play favorites American English (=treat one person better than others)The manager insisted he doesn’t play favorites. →favouritism3DSEXPECTthe team, player etc that is expected to win a race or competitionfavourite to do somethingItaly were the favourites to win the World Cup.He was the hot favourite for the Booker Prize.4 →favourites
Examples from the Corpus
favourite• My currentfavourite is a street in Acton, westLondon.• 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 mirrorexperiments, from the mid-1970s, are a particular favourite of those prowling for overtevidence.• 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-outcrowd down by producing the expected victory.• He is hot favourite for a semi-final place.• And you are the hot favourite, bonnylass.• 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 browserFavourite our website and keep checking for the latest bargains!