Another word for favorite
darling, pet, idol, ideal, preference, pick, favored one, adored one, beloved one, mistress, love, minion, paramour, pampered darling, favorite son, spoiled child, enfant gÃ‚tÃ© (French), favorite child, one in a favored position, one having the odds in his or her favor, fair-haired boy or girl*, a favorite two to one or three to one, etc., teacher's pet*, odds-on favorite*, apple of one's eye*.
Another word for favoritenoun
One liked or preferred above all others:darling, pet1. Idiom: apple of one's eye. See like
A competitor regarded as the most likely winner:(Informal) shoo-in. See win