favorite

Your favorite is what you like best. Your room is probably painted your favorite color, and the folders you carry to school are probably that color too.

In a competition, the favorite is the one considered likely to win. If you bet on the favorite in a horse race, you're betting on the horse lots of other people think will win. The opposite of the favorite is the dark horse, or the underdog, or the long shot. You may have a favorite recipe, a favorite Web site, a favorite pastime, a favorite anything.

Primary Meanings of favorite

1.
adjn
preferred above all others and treated with partiality
something regarded with special favor or liking
2.
n
a competitor thought likely to win
Full Definitions of favorite
1

adj preferred above all others and treated with partiality

adj appealing to the general public

“a favorite tourist attraction”
Synonyms:
favourite
popular
regarded with great favor, approval, or affection especially by the general public

n something regarded with special favor or liking

“that book is one of my favorites
Synonyms:
favourite
Type of:
choice, pick, selection
the person or thing chosen or selected

n a special loved one

Synonyms:
darling, dearie, deary, ducky, favourite, pet
Types:
show 4 types...
hide 4 types...
chosen
one who is the object of choice; who is given preference
macushla
(an Irish term of address expressing affection) darling
mollycoddle
a pampered darling; an effeminate man
teacher's pet
the teacher's favorite student
Type of:
lover
a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
2

n a competitor thought likely to win

Synonyms:
favourite, front-runner
Type of:
challenger, competition, competitor, contender, rival
the contestant you hope to defeat

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.