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 Peck was not Columbia Pictures' first choice to play Jimmy Ringo — the studio initially offered the part to John Wayne, who apparently loved the script but refused to work with Columbia's president Harry Cohn. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 13 June 2021 Many Farms, a lakeside community of about 3,000 people on the Arizona side of the Navajo Nation, presents parents with a rare and vexing opportunity: a choice of two elementary schools. Alden Woods, ProPublica, 13 June 2021 The film was also released on HBO Max on the same day, which gave viewers the choice to just stay home to watch it. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 13 June 2021 Carolina acquired Jansen from the Green Bay Packers in 2009 for a seventh-round draft choice. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 13 June 2021 Pioneer capitalized on the momentum swing as Mackenzie Walker was hit-by-pitch leading off the sixth before Madison Blickenstaff reached on a fielder’s choice, putting two on with no out. Lewis Bagley, The Indianapolis Star, 13 June 2021 Given the choice between the Brits’ NHS and our NHS, ours wins every time. Dominic Pino, National Review, 13 June 2021 The bracelets are also personalizable with engraved initials and a customizable choice of matte or polished gold beads. Kate Matthams, Forbes, 12 June 2021 After Eli Davies grounded into a fielders’ choice that ended with DePino thrown out at home, Giovanni Roman drove in Pireaux with a sacrifice fly. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, 12 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When Trump came down that gold escalator on June 16, 2015 to announce his presidential run, there was speculation that a thrice-married adulterer might even be pro-choice. Molly Jong-fast, Vogue, 21 May 2021 That's because neither the court nor the pro-choice movement have ever offered a real alternative to fetal viability as the point at which states can criminalize all abortions. Mary Ziegler, CNN, 17 May 2021 In Rhode Island, long dominated by anti-choice public-school unions, the Senate passed a three-year moratorium on new charter schools. Jeb Bush, National Review, 21 May 2021 So, instead, pro-choice leaders have zeroed in on stare decisis, the doctrine of respect for past precedent. Mary Ziegler, CNN, 17 May 2021 None of the caucus’s would-be members are pro-choice or particularly supportive of gay and transgender Americans, of course. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2021 Melita Easters founded the Georgia WIN List 21 years ago to recruit pro-choice Democratic women to run for office in the state. Arkansas Online, 18 Apr. 2021 The series will tackle topics such as the gender wage gap, her pro-choice stance, and misogyny. Katherine Tinsley, refinery29.com, 18 Dec. 2020 Verastigui had worked for the anti-choice group Students for Life. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 16 Feb. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for choice

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

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16 Jun 2021

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“Choice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choice. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for choice

choice

noun

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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