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Favorite vs. Favourite: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 7, 2023
"Favorite" is the American spelling, while "Favourite" is the British spelling; both mean preferred or liked above others.

Key Differences

When delving into the realms of the English language, nuances such as the usage of "Favorite" and "Favourite" come to light. "Favorite" is a term familiar to those who use American English. It is utilized to describe something or someone that is especially preferred or liked. It encompasses objects, places, people, and even activities that one might hold in high regard.
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Oct 07, 2023
"Favourite," on the other hand, echoes the same sentiment and meaning but follows the British spelling convention. The British Isles, along with many countries that were once part of the British Empire, adhere to this spelling. It's worth noting that while the spelling is different, the pronunciation remains largely the same, with slight regional variations.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 07, 2023
Such variations in spelling between American and British English are not unique to these terms. "Color" vs. "Colour" and "Honor" vs. "Honour" are just a few examples. Nevertheless, for "Favorite" and "Favourite," the core essence remains unchanged – indicating something held in special affection or esteem.
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Oct 07, 2023
In the age of digital communication, it's important to be aware of such distinctions, especially if one is communicating with global audiences. While "Favorite" might be instantly recognized and preferred in an American setting, "Favourite" might resonate more with a British or Commonwealth audience.
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Oct 07, 2023

Comparison Chart

Spelling Origin

American English
British English
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Usage Regions

United States
UK, Canada, Australia, and other Commonwealths
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Example Variants

Color, Honor
Colour, Honour
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Meaning

Preferred or liked above others
Preferred or liked above others
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Adaptation in Digital Tools

Set as default in US-based platforms
Set as default in UK-based platforms
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Favorite and Favourite Definitions

Favorite

Regularly used or visited.
This park is my favorite spot.
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Favourite

Something preferred over others.
Earl Grey is my favourite tea.
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Favorite

Something preferred over others.
Chocolate ice cream is my favorite.
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Favourite

Most liked or enjoyed.
Football is his favourite sport.
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Favorite

The competitor believed to win.
The home team is the favorite in today's match.
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Favourite

Regularly used or visited.
That café is her favourite hangout.
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Favorite

One that enjoys special favor or regard.
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Favourite

A person or thing treated with special favor.
He was the coach's favourite player.
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Favorite

One that is trusted, indulged, or preferred above all others, especially by a superior
A favorite of the monarch.
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Favourite

Preferred or liked above all others unless qualified.
This is my second favourite occupation.
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Favorite

A contestant or competitor regarded as most likely to win.
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Favourite

Belonging to a category whose members are all preferred or liked over nonmembers.
I just saw a movie with all my favourite actors in it.
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Favorite

Liked or preferred above all others; regarded with special favor.
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Favourite

A person or thing who enjoys special regard or favour.
The teacher's favourite always went first.
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Favorite

(American spelling) favourite
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Favourite

A person who is preferred or trusted above all others.
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Favorite

(American spelling) favourite
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Favourite

A contestant or competitor thought most likely to win.
You were my favourite to win the spelling competition.
She's the favourite, she'll probably be elected.
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Favorite

(American spelling) favourite
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Favourite

(internet) A bookmark in a web browser.
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Favorite

A person or thing regarded with peculiar favor; one treated with partiality; one preferred above others; especially, one unduly loved, trusted, and enriched with favors by a person of high rank or authority.
Committing to a wicked favoriteAll public cares.
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Favourite

(in the plural) A short curl dangling over the temples, fashionable in the reign of Charles II.
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Favorite

Short curls dangling over the temples; - fashionable in the reign of Charles II.
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Favourite

To favour.
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Favorite

The competitor (as a horse in a race) that is judged most likely to win; the competitor standing highest in the betting.
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Favourite

(Internet) To bookmark.
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Favorite

Regarded with particular affection, esteem, or preference; as, a favorite walk; a favorite child.
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Favourite

(Internet) To add to one's list of favourite items on a website that allows users to compile such lists.
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Favorite

Something regarded with special favor or liking;
That book is one of my favorites
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Favourite

A competitor thought likely to win
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Favorite

A special loved one
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Favourite

A special loved one
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Favorite

A competitor thought likely to win
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Favourite

Something regarded with special favor or liking;
That book is one of my favorites
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Favorite

Appealing to the general public;
A favorite tourist attraction
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Favourite

Appealing to the general public;
A favorite tourist attraction
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Favorite

Preferred above all others and treated with partiality;
The favored child
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Favourite

Preferred above all others and treated with partiality;
The favored child
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Favorite

A person or thing treated with special favor.
She was the teacher's favorite.
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Favourite

The competitor believed to win.
The defending champion is the favourite to win.
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Favorite

Most liked or enjoyed.
Reading is my favorite pastime.
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Oct 07, 2023

FAQs

Which spelling is used in the United States?

"Favorite" is the standard spelling in the United States.
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Why do these spelling differences exist?

Spelling differences have evolved due to historical, linguistic, and cultural reasons.
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Is there a difference in pronunciation?

Generally, both are pronounced similarly, with minor regional variations.
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In which version of English does "Color" align with "Favorite"?

"Color" and "Favorite" are both American English spellings.
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Which countries commonly use "Favourite"?

"Favourite" is used in the UK, Canada, Australia, and many other Commonwealth countries.
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How did these spelling differences come about?

The differences stem from historical linguistic influences and standardization efforts in the US and UK.
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Does Australian English use "Favorite" or "Favourite"?

Australian English uses "Favourite."
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Are "Favorite" and "Favourite" synonyms?

Yes, they convey the same meaning but differ in regional spelling.
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If I'm writing for a global audience, which spelling should I use?

Consider your primary audience or use a style that clearly indicates your choice, like American or British English.
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How do Canadians spell it?

Canadians typically use the British form, "Favourite."
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Are there other words with similar American and British spelling differences?

Yes, examples include "Color/Colour" and "Honor/Honour."
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In digital platforms, do I see "Favorite" or "Favourite" based on my location?

Typically, platforms adapt based on regional settings, but it's not universally consistent.
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Why is it important to know both spellings?

Knowing both helps in understanding and communicating effectively with diverse audiences.
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Which form is older, "Favorite" or "Favourite"?

Both forms have old origins, but their current usages were solidified with regional standardizations.
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Is one form more formal than the other?

No, formality is not dictated by this spelling difference; it's a matter of regional usage.
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If I use "Favourite" in the US, will people understand?

Yes, people will understand, but "Favorite" is the conventional US spelling.
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Is it incorrect to use "Favourite" in American writing?

While it's not inherently wrong, "Favorite" is the standard American spelling.
Janet White
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Does software like Microsoft Word recognize both spellings?

Yes, but the preferred spelling may depend on the language setting of the software.
Harlon Moss
Oct 07, 2023

Are there any other differences between American and British English I should be aware of?

There are many, spanning spelling, grammar, and vocabulary.
Sara Rehman
Oct 07, 2023

Will the spellings ever converge in the future?

While languages evolve, there's no indication these specific spellings will merge.
Janet White
Oct 07, 2023
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