1 sb/sth that you like more than others
ADJ. firm, great, huge, particular, special, very This painting is a particular favourite of mine. My very favourite film is ‘The Wizard of Oz’. | all-time, established, old, perennial, traditional This movie is my all-time favourite. You will find all your old favourites in this book of poems. | family, personal, popular
VERB + FAVOURITE choose If I had to choose a favourite, it would be Monet's ‘Water Lilies’.
PREP. ~ for The woods surrounding the estate were a favourite for family walks. | ~ among He is a favourite among his teammates. | ~ with The song is a firm favourite with their fans.
2 competitor expected to win
ADJ. clear, firm, hot, odds-on, overwhelming, red-hot She is odds-on favourite to win a coveted Academy Award. | second | joint | even money The horse is an even money favourite. | 2?1, etc. Tiger Woods is 3?2 favourite to win the Million Dollar Challenge. | home, local | cup, race, title
VERB + FAVOURITE look, start (as) The Brazilians still look firm favourites to take the title. | emerge as
PREP. ~ for Jopanini is second favourite for Saturday's race, behind Bright Spark.
PHRASES favourite to win The Spanish are the favourites to win.