Favourite or Favorite | Meaning, Spelling & Examples
Favourite and favorite are different spellings of the noun used to refer to something that is well liked and the adjective meaning “preferred above all others.” The word is closely related to the verb and noun “favour/favor.”
The spelling tends to vary depending on whether you’re using UK or US English:
- In UK English, “favourite” (with a “u”) is standard.
- In US English, “favorite” (no “u”) is the correct spelling.
Other forms of the word
The spelling distinction carries over to related forms of the word, such as the noun “favouritism/favoritism” and the adjective “favourable/favorable.”
- In UK English, “favouritism” and “favourable” are standard.
- In US English, “favoritism” and “favorable” are correct.
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US vs. UK spellings
Frequently asked questions
- What is the difference between favorite and favourite?
Favorite and favourite mean the same thing. However, the spelling varies depending on whether you’re using UK or US English:
- In US English, “favorite” (no “u”) is standard.
- In UK English, “favourite” (with a “u”) is correct.
- Is favorite a verb?
Favorite is used as a verb in informal contexts to refer to the act of bookmarking a webpage or showing that you like something on social media (e.g., “1,000 users have favorited my post”). However, this usage should be avoided in academic writing.
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