What is the meaning of "firm favourite"

Hello, when I was preparing for my examinations, I saw this sentence “Competition is fierce, but Frozen is a firm favourite to win the award for Best Animation of the year”.
Can you explain to me what the word “firm favourite” means? I tried to look it up in the dictionaries but couldn’t find any definititions. Is that a special expression, or may be there is a mistake with the spelling?


This means that the film has a very good chance of winning the award.

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Firm is used as an adjective in this sentence.
A firm favorite
A solid favorite

The adverb form would be ‘firmly favored’.
Heavily favored.
Solidly favored

firm (fûrm)

adj. firm·er, firm·est
1. Resistant to externally applied pressure.
2. Marked by or indicating the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue: firm muscles.
3. Securely fixed in place: Despite being hit by the car, the post was still firm.
4. Indicating or possessed of determination or resolution: a firm voice.
5. Constant; steadfast: a firm ally.
a. Not subject to change; fixed and definite: a firm bargain; a firm offer.
b. Unfluctuating; steady: Stock prices are still firm.
7. Strong and sure: a firm grasp.

The dirt is packed firmly.
The student has a firm understanding of the lesson.
After the screw was tightened, the parts were held firmly in place.
The merchant had a firm price on the item. ( refused to bargain )