Learner's definition of PREFERENCE
1 : a feeling of liking or wanting one person or thing more than another person or thing
Car buyers have recently shown a growing/strong preference for smaller vehicles.
When it comes to music, everyone has their own preferences.
Some people like small cars and some people like big cars. It's a matter of personal preference.
She listed her favorite restaurants in order of preference.
He has tried not to show preference in giving out jobs.
2 [noncount] : an advantage that is given to some people or things and not to others 3 [count] : something that is liked or wanted more than another thing : something that is preferred
We could drive to New York, but my (personal) preference is to go by train. [=I would prefer to go by train]
“We could go to an Italian or Chinese restaurant tonight. What's your preference?” “Either one is fine. I don't have a preference.”
4 : the sexual feelings that a person has : a person's identity as homosexual, bisexual, or heterosexual
in preference to
: instead of (something or someone) : rather than (something or someone)