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 preferred above others; especially, one unduly loved, trusted, and enriched with favors by a person of high rank or authority.

Committing to a wicked favorite All public cares. Milton.

2. pl.

Short curls dangling over the temples; -- fashionable in the reign of Charles II.

[Obs.]

Farquhar.

3. Sporting

The competitor (as a horse in a race) that is judged most likely to win; the competitor standing highest in the betting.

 

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Fa"vor*ite, a.

Regarded with particular affection, esteem, or preference; as, a favorite walk; a favorite child.

"His favorite argument."

Macaulay.

 

© Webster 1913.

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