Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section III. Sympathetic Affections
1. Social Affections

899. Favorite.

   NOUN:FAVORITE, pet, fondling, cosset, minion [rare], idol, jewel, spoiled child, enfant gâté [F.]; led captain; crony; apple of one’s eye, man after one’s own heart; persona grata [L.].
  love, dear, darling, duck, honey, jewel; mopsy or mopsey, moppet; sweetheart (love) [See Love].
  general -, universal- favorite; idol of the people; matinée idol.