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 for favorite
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 preferred above others;
        especially, one unduly loved, trusted, and enriched with
        favors by a person of high rank or authority.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Committing to a wicked favorite
              All public cares.                     --Milton.
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     2. pl. Short curls dangling over the temples; -- fashionable
        in the reign of Charles II. [Obs.] --Farquhar.
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     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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  favorite
      adj 1: appealing to the general public; "a favorite tourist
             attraction" [syn: favorite, favourite]
      2: preferred above all others and treated with partiality; "the
         favored child" [syn: favored, favorite(a),
         favourite(a), best-loved, pet, preferred,
         preferent]
      n 1: something regarded with special favor or liking; "that book
           is one of my favorites" [syn: favorite, favourite]
      2: a special loved one [syn: darling, favorite, favourite,
         pet, dearie, deary, ducky]
      3: a competitor thought likely to win [syn: front-runner,
         favorite, favourite]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  63 Moby Thesaurus words for "favorite":
     accepted, acclaimed, admired, admitted, adored, advocated,
     applauded, approved, backed, beloved, cherished, choice, chosen,
     cosset, cried up, darling, dear, dearly beloved, entry, esteemed,
     favored, fondling, held dear, highly touted, ideal, idol,
     in good odor, jewel, loved, matinee idol, minion, mudder, pet,
     pick, picked, plate horse, plater, pole horse, pony, popular,
     precious, preference, preferred, prized, race horse, racer,
     received, recommended, revered, selected, spoiled child, stable,
     stake horse, staker, starter, steeplechaser, string, supported,
     treasured, well-beloved, well-liked, well-thought-of,
     white-haired
  
  

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