\ ˈchȯis How to pronounce choice (audio) \

Definition of choice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of choosing : selection finding it hard to make a choice
2 : power of choosing : option you have no choice
3a : the best part : cream Of the cavalry the king's own was the choice.
b : a person or thing chosen she was their first choice
4 : a number and variety to choose among a plan with a wide choice of options
5 : care in selecting
6 : a grade of meat between prime and good
of choice
: to be preferred


choicer; choicest

Definition of choice (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : worthy of being chosen accepting the choicest candidates
2 : selected with care prepared his report with choice words
3a : of high quality served choice wine with the dinner
b : of a grade between prime and good choice meat

Other Words from choice


choicely adverb
choiceness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for choice


choice, option, alternative, preference, selection, election mean the act or opportunity of choosing or the thing chosen. choice suggests the opportunity or privilege of choosing freely. freedom of choice option implies a power to choose that is specifically granted or guaranteed. the option of paying now or later alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility. equally attractive alternatives preference suggests a choice guided by one's judgment or predilections. a preference for cool weather selection implies a range of choice. a varied selection of furniture election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment. doing a tax return forces certain elections on you


choice, exquisite, elegant, rare, delicate, dainty mean having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste. choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind. choice fabric exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste. an exquisite gold bracelet elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste. a sumptuous but elegant dining room rare suggests an uncommon excellence. rare beauty delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility. delicate craftsmanship dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate. dainty sandwiches

Examples of choice in a Sentence

Noun He has some important choices to make. You made a good choice. She was faced with a difficult choice. You can either accept the job or not. It's your choice. I read about the various options so that I could make an informed choice. Given the choice, I'd rather stay home tonight. A flexible health insurance plan gives patients more choice about doctors and coverage. There is a wide range of choices. Other choices on the menu looked equally tempting. Adjective Choice beef is not as expensive as prime beef. choice chocolates for which chocolate lovers are willing to pay extra See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Birch bark is, of course, the starting fuel of choice. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2022 Whether it's blended into sheets or clothing, linen is summer's fabric of choice for a reason. Nicol Natale,, 30 July 2022 Once banned in the U.S., the firearms are now widely blamed as the weapon of choice among young men responsible for many mass shootings. Arkansas Online, 30 July 2022 The lack of choice in the US EV market is also a problem, says Laycee Schmidtke, an expert in automotive marketing, who makes YouTube videos under the name Miss GoElectric. Wired, 28 July 2022 The drink of choice was Bud Light, the cans arranged in wicker baskets while a taxidermy fox looked on. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 27 July 2022 And the weapon of choice is the AR-15 assault weapon. Abc News, ABC News, 26 July 2022 But Jay, who never felt social media was her tool of choice, highlighted that while Instagram may get you far, there are other routes to comedic success. Essence, 26 July 2022 Although many beauty lovers count top makeup, hair, and skincare products among their preferred presents of choice, the best perfume gift sets can serve as a thoughtful addition to any fragrance enthusiast's vanity. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The apparent victory for the state's pro-choice movement was short-lived, however. Joel Mathis, The Week, 23 July 2022 Sununu has never been and will never be pro-choice. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 14 July 2022 As a woman of reproductive age who is pro-choice and also values the separation of Church and State, this weekend (and just life lately) is downright depressing. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 3 July 2022 Outside of the theater, several counter-protesters stood across the venue criticizing the stance of the people who are pro-choice. Amanda Rabines, Orlando Sentinel, 28 June 2022 That pride and patriotism must take us to November and the election of pro-democracy, pro-civil rights, pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-LGBTQ candidates. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 27 June 2022 Living in Mississippi again turned me into a pro-choice Catholic, which many of my co-religionists would argue is not Catholic at all. W. Ralph Eubanks, CNN, 7 July 2022 Protesters, dressed in red, white and blue, massed in front of the Supreme Court Monday to denounce the overturning of Roe v. Wade, while other pro-choice demonstrators descended on the National Mall. Anchorage Daily News, 5 July 2022 Pro-choice lawsuits are likely to pursue the preëmption theory, invoking the supremacy clause of the Constitution to argue that the F.D.A.’s rulings take precedence over those of state authorities. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of choice


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for choice

Noun and Adjective

Middle English chois, from Anglo-French, from choisir to choose, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kiosan to choose — more at choose

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\ ˈchȯis How to pronounce choice (audio) \

Kids Definition of choice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of picking between two or more possibilities You have some choices to make.
2 : the power of choosing : option If I had a choice, I'd stay here.
3 : a person or thing chosen This restaurant was a good choice. She's my first choice for the job.
4 : a range of possibilities to choose from The menu offers a lot of choice.


choicer; choicest

Kids Definition of choice (Entry 2 of 2)

: of very good quality the choicest fruits

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