Favourite vs Favorite | Meaning, Spelling & Examples

UK vs US updated on  January 10, 2024 3 min read
Favourite and favorite are two ways of spelling the noun or adjective meaning “most preferred.” It can also be used as a verb to mean “mark something as the most preferred” (e.g., on social media). The spelling depends on the type of English you use.

  • In British English, “favourite” is standard.
  • In American English, “favorite” is correct.
It's important to choose one type of English and use it consistently. The QuillBot Grammar Checker can help you with this.


Examples: Favourite or favorite in a sentence
Lola's favourite/favorite color is gray.
"Do you like chocolate ice cream?" "Yes, it's my absolute favourite/favorite!
I favourited/favorited this picture so I'd be able to find it again in the future.

Other forms of favourite or favorite

The same spelling difference applies to the adjective favourable or favorable, the noun favouritsm or favoritism, and the noun favour or favor.

  • In British English, “favourable," "favouritism," and "favour" are correct.
  • In American English, “favorable," "favoritism,” and "favor" are correct.
Examples: Other forms of favourite or favorite in a sentence
The analysis suggests that the conditions are favourable/favorable for investment.
The judicial system should always avoid any signs of favouritism/favoritism.
I favour/favor your advice over hers.

Main differences between American and British English

American and British English are very similar, but there are a few main differences in spelling. Five important differences are:


Difference

Rule

Examples

-or vs -our

In American English, many Latin-derived words end in -or.

In British English, these same words end in -our.

Behavior or behaviour
Labor or labour
Favor or favour
Favorite or favourite
Color or colour
Honor or honour

-er vs -re

In American English, some French, Latin, or Greek words end in -er.

In British English, these same words end in -re.

Theater or theatre
Center or centre
Meter or metre
Liter or litre
Saber or sabre
Fiber or fibre

-ize vs -ise

In American English, many Greek-derived words end in -yze or -ize.

In British English, these words end in -yse or -ise.

Realize or realise
Recognize or recognise
Analyze or analyse
Organisation or organization
Minimize or minimise
Finalize or finalise

-ed vs -t

In American English, most verbs are regular and form their past tense with the suffix -ed.

In British English, some of these verbs are irregular and form their past tense with the suffix -t.

Learned or learnt
Burned or burnt
Kneeled or knelt
Dreamed or dreamt
Smelled or smelt
Spelled or spelt

Single vs double consonant

In American English, many words are spelled with a single consonant.

In British English, these same words are spelled with a double consonant.

Modeling or modelling
Traveling or travelling
Canceled or cancelled
Labeled or labelled
Buses or busses
Focused or focussed

Do you want to know more about common mistakes, commonly confused words, rhetorical devices, or other language topics? Check out some of our other language articles full of examples and quizzes.


Common mistakes

US vs UK

Rhetoric

Irregardless vs regardless

Burnt or burned

Situational irony

Lable or label

Dreamed or dreamt

Trope

Now a days or nowadays

Kneeled or knelt

Metaphor

Every time or everytime

Smelled or smelt

Consonance

Alot or a lot

Travelling or traveling

Rhyme


Frequently asked questions about favourite or favorite

Is it favorite or favourite in Canada?

Favourite and favorite are two spellings of the same noun, adjective or verb. The spelling depends on the type of English.

  • In British English, you use “favourite.”
  • In American English, you use “favorite.”

Canadian English mainly follows British English guidelines, so favourite is the correct spelling.

The same distinction applies to similar words, such as “honor or honour,” “labor or labour,” “favor or favour,” “behavior or behaviour,” “color or colour,” and “humor or humour."

It's important to choose one type of English and use it consistently. The QuillBot Grammar Checker can help you with this.

Is it favourite or favorite in Australia?

Favourite and favorite are two spellings of the same noun, adjective or verb. The spelling depends on the type of English.

  • In British English, you use “favourite.”
  • In American English, you use “favorite.”

Australian English mainly follows British English guidelines, so favourite is standard.

The same distinction applies to similar words, such as “honor or honour,” “labor or labour,” “favor or favour,” “behavior or behaviour,” “color or colour,” and “humor or humour."

It's important to choose one type of English and use it consistently. The QuillBot Grammar Checker can help you with this.

Is it favorite or favourite in India?

Favourite and favorite are two spellings of the same noun, adjective or verb. The spelling depends on the type of English.

  • In British English, you use “favourite.”
  • In American English, you use “favorite.”

Indian English mostly follows British English guidelines, so favourite is standard.

The same distinction applies to similar words, such as “honor or honour,” “labor or labour,” “favor or favour,” “behavior or behaviour,” “color or colour,” and “humor or humour."

It's important to choose one type of English and use it consistently. The QuillBot Grammar Checker can help you with this.

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Julia Merkus

Julia has master's degrees in Linguistics and Language and speech pathology. Her expertise lies in grammar, language and speech disorders, foreign language learning, and child language acquisition.

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