favourite vs preferred what difference

what is difference between favourite and preferred

English

Alternative forms

  • (American English) favorite

Etymology

Borrowed from Middle French favorit, from Old French favorit or Italian favorito (favoured, favourite), past participle of Italian favorire (to favor). Doublet of favori.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfeɪv.ɹɪt/

Adjective

favourite (not comparable) (Britain, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Malta, South Africa)

  1. Preferred or liked above all others (unless qualified).
    Antonyms: least favorite, unfavourite, unfavorite
  2. Belonging to a category whose members are all preferred or liked over nonmembers.

Translations

Noun

favourite (plural favourites) (Britain, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Malta, South Africa)

  1. A person or thing who enjoys special regard or favour.
    Antonyms: unfavourite, unfavorite
  2. A person who is preferred or trusted above all others.
  3. A contestant or competitor thought most likely to win.
    Synonym: top dog
  4. (Internet) A bookmark in a web browser.
  5. (in the plural) A short curl dangling over the temples, fashionable in the reign of Charles II.
    • 1701, George Farquhar, Sir Harry Wildair
      the Favourites hang loose upon the Temples with a languishing Lock in the middle

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Translations

Verb

favourite (third-person singular simple present favourites, present participle favouriting, simple past and past participle favourited) (Britain, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Malta, South Africa)

  1. To favour.
  2. (Internet) To bookmark.
  3. (Internet) To add to one’s list of favourite items on a website that allows users to compile such lists.
    Antonyms: unfavourite, unfavorite

Derived terms

  • fave


English

Alternative forms

  • præferred (archaic)

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /pɹɪˈfɝd/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɹɪˈfɜːd/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)d

Verb

preferred

  1. simple past tense and past participle of prefer
  2. simple past tense and past participle of preferre

Adjective

preferred (comparative more preferred, superlative most preferred)

  1. favoured

Antonyms

  • antipreferred

Translations

Noun

preferred (plural preferreds)

  1. (finance) Preferred stock.

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