favorite

Definitions

  • GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America
    GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj favorite preferred above all others and treated with partiality "the favored child"
    • adj favorite appealing to the general public "a favorite tourist attraction"
    • n favorite something regarded with special favor or liking "that book is one of my favorites"
    • n favorite a special loved one
    • n favorite a competitor thought likely to win
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The favorite honeymoon place is Hawaii
    • Favorite 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."
    • a Favorite Regarded with particular affection, esteem, or preference; as, a favorite walk; a favorite child. "His favorite argument."
    • Favorite Short curls dangling over the temples; -- fashionable in the reign of Charles II.
    • Favorite (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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: David McConnell started the California Perfume Company (CPC) in 1886. Today the company is known as Avon, which he named after his favorite playwright William Shakespeare, and Stratford on Avon
    • n favorite A person or thing regarded with peculiar favor, liking, or preference; one who or that which is especially liked or favored.
    • n favorite A person who has gained the special favor of or a dominant influence over a superior by unworthymeans or for selfish purposes. Favorites of this class, both male and female, have played an important part in the history of many despotic monarchies, often controlling their destinies with disastrous and even destructive effects.
    • n favorite A small curl hanging loose upon the temple: a frequent feature of a woman's head-dress in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
    • favorite Regarded with particular liking, favor, esteem, or preference: as, a favorite walk; a favorite author; a favorite child.
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Quotations

  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “The artist is the child of his time; but woe to him if he is also its disciple, or even its favorite.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “No doubt the artist is the child of his time; but woe to him if he is also its disciple, or even its favorite.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
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    “Fishing seems to be the favorite form of loafing.”
  • Zig Ziglar
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    “Our favorite attitude should be gratitude”
  • Thomas Gray
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    “A favorite has no friend!”
  • Warren Buffett
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    “Our favorite holding period is forever.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. favorit, favored, F. favori, fem. favorite, p. p. of OF. favorir, cf. It. favorito, frm. favorita, fr. favorire, to favor. See Favor

Usage

In literature:

This she named La Favorite.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
I wonder after that Mrs. Willis did not see through her, but it is astonishing to what lengths favoritism will carry one.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
His ready smile and his quick tongue made him a favorite with the customers.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Basil was a favorite of Miss Nelson's.
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
In Persian literature Solomon is a favorite character.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
Religious processions are among the most favorite amusements of the inhabitants of Lima.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
She determined to drive the unfortunate favorite from the court.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
That was his latest favorite remark.
"Jerry's Charge Account" by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
One favorite mode of indulgence was in splendor of building.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
He was a favorite; and favorites have always been odious in this country.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The starwort, a great favorite with the Japanese, was met in abundance.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
His favorite authors were Bayle and Gibbon.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 121, November, 1867" by Various
He soon, too, found a new favorite, or, rather, two favorites.
"Richard II" by Jacob Abbott
But his favorite college was at Princeton, New Jersey, far removed from his own residence.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
I do believe Hugh's favorite motto is 'Never do to-day what you can put off until to-morrow.
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
It is alike the favorite of the nursery and the study.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
It is said to have been Caesar's favorite mushroom.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Favorites are very generally hated; royal favorites always.
"Queen Elizabeth" by Jacob Abbott
Professor David Frohlich had a very particular favorite, who can also be said to have deserved that rare distinction.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
She immediately became a universal favorite with the inmates of the prison.
"Josephine" by John S. C. Abbott
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In poetry:

Let those refuse to sing
That never knew our God;
But favorites of the heav'nly King
May speak their joys abroad.
"Hymn 30" by Isaac Watts
Nor death nor hell shall e'er remove
His favorites from his breast;
In the dear bosom of his love
They must for ever rest.
"Hymn 138" by Isaac Watts
A favorite the Ghost became;
And, 'twas his fate to thrive:
And long he liv'd and spread his fame,
And kept the joke alive.
"The Fakeham Ghost" by Robert Bloomfield
They say it's all a story that
His favorite little song
Was "Make these lubbers walk the plank!"
I think, perhaps, they're wrong.
"Captain Kidd" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Seated in his mother's garden,
At high noon the boy Pedrillo
Playeth with his favorite parrot,
Golden-green with streaks of scarlet.
"Don Pedrillo" by Emma Lazarus
And so, pale ones! with hands as soft
As if I closed a baby's eyes,
I'll lay you in some favorite book
Made sacred by a poet's sighs.
"On Pressing Some Flowers" by Henry Timrod

In news:

While Brethren is the morning line favorite in the Grade III Sam F Davis Stakes, he's a 5-2 favorite, not a 6-5 favorite.
We've all been guilty of playing favorites at one point or another, so the thought of switching up your favorite workout routine may sound daunting.
Ever seen your favorite band like 20 years after they were your favorite band.
We all have our favorites, and all favorites have different versions, some you like some you might not.
Your Favorite Twitterer's Favorite Music Snob And NYU Professor.
Scoremore Brings Your Favorite Rapper's Favorite Rapper To Town.
While we can always find our favorite lollipops here, does anyone ever get tired of the all-time favorite – the Tootsie Pop.
Turner Classic Movies' Summer Under the Stars month-long film festival is nearing its end, but today's featured player is one of my favorite – and quite possibly my definite favorite* – movie actress: Carole Lombard .
Did you know that America's favorite TV star once interviewed America's favorite movie star.
Hip-hop's favorite violinist supported America's favorite president in song.
Etched, in the 1 1/8-mile Monmouth Cup (gr II) last Saturday, he became one of the favorites, if not THE favorite, for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr.
Do you have a favorite Foodday recipe that's become a family favorite.
Master chef Jacques Pépin talks about selecting his favorite recipes from the thousands he has created, streamlining them for his latest cookbook, Essential Pepin : More than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food.
An animal like a pet parrot might resource guard anything it appears to value greatly, such as food, its cage or favorite play area, a favorite toy or a favorite person.
This is the third Editors' Blog item on recent reader favorites (read the previous favorites).
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In science:

Riskability’ (ie, able to take risks: ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’—one of Chris Isham’s favorite sayings.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
My favorite method uses orthogonal polynomials.
Hankel determinants of Schroeder-like numbers
The right frame shows the complementary constraints from atomic PNC (Qweak ∼ N ) and PNC electron scattering (where protons have been the favorite target).
Fundamental Symmetries and Conservation Laws
However, when the favorite future nuclear energy system is introduced, it is always pointed out that the remaining risks will be further reduced by a large factor. 2This amount of U235 is found in 6 gr of natural uranium.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
The favorite theoretical explanation for SNe Ia is the thermonuclear disruption of carbon-oxygen white dwarfs.
The Cosmological Parameters 2010
Another favorite possibility is to take the r.h.s. equal to qUn − 1l which amounts to replace the pro jector Un /β by the pro jector 1l − Un /β .
Notes on TQFT Wire Models and Coherence Equations for SU(3) Triangular Cells
Tree structures are the favorite forms of implementation of expression templates .
Testing by C++ template metaprograms
At the same time, charm is providing input to help understand light-meson spectroscopy. A personal favorite of mine is the use of charm decay as a source of information on low mass (e.g., scalar) mesons.
CHARM 2010: Experiment Summary and Future Charm Facilities
The partial copula is a tool by means of which one’s favorite test of independence of appropriate form can be used for (rank) testing of conditional independence.
Nonparametric testing of conditional independence by means of the partial copula
In the more traditional model-driven approach, one picks a favorite theoretical model and/or a process, and the best signature is chosen.
Search for New Physics at the Tevatron
Thus, the user can use their favorite shape in the MCD method.
Spatial Multiresolution Cluster Detection Method
We all have our own inspirations, our own beliefs, our own inclinations, and our own favorite theories.
True Peer Review
Since I cannot include all my favorite slides in the write-up of the talk, I can only refer the reader to the slides for this summary available from the Proceedings link on the conference web site as an accompaniment to reading this article.
FPCP 2012 Summary Talk on Experiments
GI has long been a favorite target of algorithm designers—so much so that it was already described as a “disease” in 1976 (Read and Corneil, 1977).
Practical graph isomorphism, II
From the point of energy minimization, a twozone leptonic model should work better than hadronic emission, but as it requires a more complex geometry a clear favorite cannot be made out.
A statistical study of Galactic SNR source spectra detected at >GeV energies
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