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“Favorite” or “Favourite”


Favorite and favourite are both English terms.


Favorite is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while favourite is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
favorite 94 23 30 93 57 27 90 25 32 63 65 55
favourite 6 77 70 7 43 73 10 75 68 37 35 45

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "favorite" over "favourite" (94 to 6).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 77 to 23 preference for "favourite" over "favorite".
  • In India, there is a 70 to 30 preference for "favourite" over "favorite".
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "favorite" over "favourite" (93 to 7).
  • In Canada, there is a preference for "favorite" over "favourite" (57 to 43).
  • In Australia, there is a 73 to 27 preference for "favourite" over "favorite".
  • In Liberia, there is a preference for "favorite" over "favourite" (90 to 10).
  • In Ireland, there is a 75 to 25 preference for "favourite" over "favorite".
  • In New Zealand, there is a 68 to 32 preference for "favourite" over "favorite".
  • In Jamaica, there is a preference for "favorite" over "favourite" (63 to 37).
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is a preference for "favorite" over "favourite" (65 to 35).
  • In Guyana, there is a preference for "favorite" over "favourite" (55 to 45).

Below, we provide some examples of when to use favorite or favourite with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “favorite”

  • Fleet was the post time favorite
  • Paul received the 2015 AMG Favorite Retro Artist of the Year
  • father's offices, and was voted "Favorite Building" by the readers of
  • that former player, considered fan favorite and club legend, Jaime Moreno,
  • ", he states that his favorite subject was science, "especially the
  • Fan Favorite Grand Slam Match of the
  • Lytton-Cobbold emerged as the crowd favorite by a wide margin.
  • 2005: "Favorite Star"
  • and a good drink, his favorite interview location was the 21
  • to crystalize some of our favorite themes from the Principia, those

Examples of “favourite”

  • The Royal Favourite cleared,’' &c., 4to, London, 1682.
  • he was made the 4/6 favourite and won easily by two
  • Boat People one of her favourite movies and many critics consider
  • time in Switzerland, then a favourite resort of revolutionary leaders, and
  • 2013, she was named the favourite West End Elphaba in a
  • timidity but was nevertheless the favourite of the family.
  • life and one of her favourite composers.
  • A fan favourite, Black Temple is hailed as
  • Favourite Song – Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • after the book by his favourite author.

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