I. noun Etymology: Italian favorito, past participle of favorire to favor, from favore favor, from Latin favor Date: 1583 1. one that is treated or regarded with special favor or liking; especially a person who is specially loved, trusted, or provided with favors by someone of high rank or authority 2. a competitor judged most likely to win II. adjective Date: 1692 constituting a favorite; especially markedly popular

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  • favorite — [ favɔrit ] n. f. • 1690; subst. de favorite adj. fém. (→ favori) ♦ Maîtresse préférée d un roi, d un souverain. Les femmes « ne perdirent jamais leur empire en France, soit comme reines, soit comme favorites » (Nerval). ● favorite nom féminin… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Favorite — steht für: Schloss Favorite, verschiedene Schlösser La Favorite (Q 195), ein französisches U Boot der L’Aurore Klasse La Favorite, der Originalname der Oper Die Favoritin von Gaetano Donizetti Favorite (Rapper), ein deutscher Rapper Ruder Club… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Favorite — Fa vor*ite, a. Regarded with particular affection, esteem, or preference; as, a favorite walk; a favorite child. His favorite argument. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Favorite — Fa vor*ite, n. [OF. favorit favored, F. favori, fem. favorite, p. p. of OF. favorir, cf. It. favorito, frm. favorita, fr. favorire to favor. See {Favor}.] 1. A person or thing regarded with peculiar favor; one treated with partiality; one… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Favorite — Favorite, 1) (Alte F.), Lustschloß in der Leopoldstadt bei Wien; 1683 von den Türken zerstört; dabei der Augarten; 2) (Neue F.), Lustschloß auf der Wieden bei Wien, jetzt Theresianische Ritterakademie; 3) Lustschloß des Großherzogs von Baden bei… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • favorite — [adj] preferred admired, adored, beloved, best loved, cherished, choice, darling, dear, dearest, desired, especial, esteemed, favored, intimate, liked, main, number one*, personal, pet*, pleasant, popular, precious, prized, revered, sweetheart*,… …   New thesaurus

  • favorite — index best, popular, preferable, preference (choice), preferred (favored) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • Favorite —   [ t], Name mehrerer fürstlicher Schlösser des 18. Jahrhunderts, u. a. Schloss bei Rastatt (1710 12), ehemalige Sommerresidenz der Markgräfinwitwe Sibylla Augusta; Lustschloss (1718 23) in Ludwigsburg …   Universal-Lexikon

  • favorite — (n.) 1580s, from M.Fr. favorit, perhaps via It. favorito, pp. of favorire, from favore, from L. favorem (see FAVOR (Cf. favor) (n.)). In racing, attested from 1813. As an adjective, by 1711 …   Etymology dictionary

  • favorite — n sycophant, toady, lickspittle, *parasite, bootlicker, hanger on, leech, sponge, sponger …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • favorite — [fā′vər it] n. [MFr < It favorito, pp. of favorire, to favor < favore < L favor, FAVOR] 1. a person or thing regarded with special liking, or more highly than others; specif., a person liked very much and granted special privileges as by …   English World dictionary

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