favourite , (U.S.) favorite
1 prenominal most liked; preferred above all others
a a person or thing regarded with especial preference or liking
b (as modifier)
a favourite book
3 (Sport) a competitor thought likely to win
(C16: from Italian favorito, from favorire to favour, from Latin favere)
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