Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “preference”

preference

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈpref.ər.əns/ us    /ˈ-ɚ-/
B2 the fact that you like something or someone more than another thing or person: Her preference is for comfortable rather than stylish clothes. I have a preference for sweet food over spicy. Choosing furniture is largely a matter of personal preference. It would be wrong to discriminate against a candidate because of their sexual preference (= the sex of the people they are sexually attracted to).Liking more an advantage that is given to a person or a group of people: We give preference to those who have worked with us for a long time. Special preferences were offered initially to encourage investment.Advantage and disadvantage in preference to sth If you choose one thing in preference to another thing, you choose it because you like or want it more than the other thing: He studied chemistry in preference to physics at university.Liking more
(Definition of preference from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of preference?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Advantage and disadvantage, but you might be interested in these topics from the Chance and possibility topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “preference” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

scrumpy

an alcoholic drink made from apples

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More