Meaning of “favourite” in the English Dictionary

"favourite" in British English

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favouriteadjective [ before noun ]

UK US favorite uk /ˈfeɪ.vər.ɪt/ us /ˈfeɪ.vər.ət/

A1 best liked or most enjoyed:

"What's your favourite colour?" "Green."
my favourite restaurant/book/song
least favourite

liked or enjoyed the least:

Cleaning the toilets is my least favourite job.

More examples

  • Swimming is my favourite form of exercise.
  • She imagined herself sitting in her favourite armchair back home.
  • 'Carmen' is my favourite opera.
  • She'd booked a table for four at their favourite restaurant.
  • My favourite subjects at school were history and geography.

favouritenoun [ C ]

UK US favorite uk /ˈfeɪ.vər.ɪt/ us /ˈfeɪ.vər.ət/

B1 a thing that someone likes best or enjoys most:

How clever of you to buy chocolate chip cookies - they're my favourites.

a person who is treated with special kindness by someone in authority:

the teacher's favourite

C2 the person or animal most people expect to win a race or competition:

Great Gold is the favourite in the 2.00 race at Epsom.
[ + to infinitive ] Brazil are favourites to win this year's World Cup.

More examples

  • It would be quite an upset if the favourite didn't win.
  • The film 'White Christmas' is a perennial favourite.
  • The odds-on favourite to win in the 3.30 race is Killjoy.
  • Manchester United and Arsenal were the pre-season favourites.
  • The band was belting out all the old favourites.

(Definition of “favourite” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)