choice

noun
\ 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

choice

adjective
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

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Other Words from choice

Adjective

choicely adverb
choiceness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for choice

Noun

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

Adjective

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Should the negotiations not work, O’Donnell said police would have no other choice but to move in, perhaps with the imprimatur of a court order characterizing CHOP as a threat to public safety. Fox News, "Experts fear reclaiming Seattle 'CHOP' zone is daunting task," 23 June 2020 And even though there were strict restrictions against travel, hundreds of thousands of migrant workers had little choice but to travel from the larger cities like Lima and Pucallpa by foot and by boat back to their home villages and towns. Gena Somra, CNN, "In this indigenous village, two nurses care for hundreds of Covid-19 patients," 23 June 2020 Even the consideration of holding one on Juneteenth in Tulsa is such a misguided choice, the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Trump, Juneteenth and Tulsa: Why you should take HBO up on watching 'Watchmen' for free," 19 June 2020 So a reasonable risk-averse choice, option A, would be to wait for calmer market conditions. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Taylor: On this scary stock market ride, our only control is over ourselves," 19 June 2020 This was the first time people would have no choice but to eat locally. Radhika Khandelwal, Quartz India, "How I pivoted my restaurant in Delhi to survive the Covid-19 crisis," 18 June 2020 Smokey Johns’ shoebox lunches will come with a sandwich — choice of ham, turkey, chicken, sausage or brisket — plus two sides and a cookie. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Black-owned barbecue shop in Dallas reintroduces shoebox lunches on Juneteenth," 16 June 2020 President Donald Trump's initial choice of June 19 and Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the site for his next rally has brought new charges of insensitivity for a man criticized frequently for his actions and comments concerning race over the years. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "How 'Watchmen' reminds us of the Tulsa Race Massacre before Trump's Oklahoma rally," 16 June 2020 The 3-1 second choice in the field of eight, Neptune’s Storm paid $8, $4.40 and $3.20. Larry Stumes, SFChronicle.com, "Neptune’s Storm wins San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields," 14 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective More recently, neo-Nazi and white supremacist chat logs revealed their membership’s plans to infiltrate and recruit more people around anti-choice organising. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "The Link Between Tear Gas & Abortion, Explained.," 10 June 2020 Pro-life, of course, otherwise known as being anti-choice. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, "The Sinister Abortion News You May Have Missed This Week," 4 June 2020 Last November, Allison Fine resigned from the board of the prominent pro-choice group NARAL to enter the Democratic primary in New York’s Seventeenth Congressional District. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Campaigning During the Coronavirus: The Race for New York’s Seventeenth Congressional District," 4 June 2020 George thinks the choicest comedy derives from torment. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Judd Apatow’s Comedy Masterpiece," 1 May 2020 Take only your choicest lures out onto your canoe or kayak in this waterproof container. Outdoor Life, "Four ways to organize your fishing gear," 21 Apr. 2020 Save your choicest location for the perfect conditions. Jeff Murray, Field & Stream, "10 Common Deer Hunting Mistakes You Should Fix," 8 Nov. 2019 Now more than ever at this fair, art dealers ship in their choicest inventory; Mr. Cattelan’s competition included Picasso, Basquiat and Georg Baselitz. New York Times, "The $120,000 Banana Wins Art Basel," 6 Dec. 2019 Shoes off, sake poured, Mandy asks for the choicest cuts of Japanese beef, and the waiter fires up the charcoal. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Osaka Is a Food-Obsessed City Unlike Anywhere Else in Japan," 16 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of choice

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

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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The first known use of choice was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

27 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Choice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choice. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for choice

choice

noun
How to pronounce choice (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of choice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of choosing : the act of picking or deciding between two or more possibilities
: the opportunity or power to choose between two or more possibilities : the opportunity or power to make a decision
: a range of things that can be chosen

choice

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of choice (Entry 2 of 2)

: very good
US, of meat : of a quality that is good but not the best
of words or phrases : carefully chosen especially for the purpose of expressing anger or disapproval

choice

noun
\ 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.

choice

adjective
choicer; choicest

Kids Definition of choice (Entry 2 of 2)

: of very good quality the choicest fruits

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