Based on: lieblings- Plural: Lieblingsessen
A quick and fun look at the word Liebling and at how to say “my favorite” in German. Because there's a very common mistake lurking. Also: some names :)
lieb, der Liebling, Lieblings-, der Schatz
The core idea of this root was
liking, loving, caring
It’s the origin of love as well as libido and belief, which literally used to be a thought you “hold deer”.