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noun [countable]     favourite pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    the person or thing that you like the best

    The bacon sandwich is still a national favourite.

    My teddy bears were always my favourites.

    old favourite:

    Wuthering Heights is an old favourite with the Japanese.

    1. a.
      someone who is treated better than others because a teacher, parent etc prefers them

      Colin’s always been mum’s favourite.

    2. b.
      in the past, the special friend of a king or queen
  2. 2
    the person or animal that is expected to win a race or competition

    His horse started favourite for the 1988 Gold Cup.

    favourite to do something:

    Chelsea are 6–4 favourites to win the Premier League.

  3. 3
    computing an indication that you like something on a social media or other website

    Her tweet got 18 retweets and 34 favourites.


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