One liked or preferred above all others
A competitor regarded as the most likely winner
Being a favorite
Given special, usually doting treatment
She's my favorite character.
Riding horses was one of her favorite pastimes, and the country out that way was gorgeous - winter or summer.
He was, in fact, making this soup, his favorite dish.
It was an Appaloosa - her favorite breed.
If I could draw, you would be my favorite subject.