choice

noun
\ ˈchȯis \

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

Santander, the finance company, uses a speech analytics software called CallMiner that grades employees based on their diction and word choice. Sonia Rao, chicagotribune.com, "'What's up with that white voice?': The tricky art of linguistic code-switching," 14 July 2018 Never doubt that your voices and your choices matter. refinery29.com, "Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Line Pulled From Yet Another Department Store," 14 July 2018 Rico would arrive with a significant level of culture and technical pedigree which would surely establish the Spaniard as first choice next term, should Bournemouth complete a deal with Leganes. SI.com, "Bournemouth Switch Attention to Leganes Full Back as Cherries Baulk at Kieran Tierney Asking Price," 13 July 2018 In a statement, Friends of SDSU said the lawsuit was an example of the group behind SoccerCity — FS Investors — trying to block voter choice. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SoccerCity continues legal action against SDSU West," 13 July 2018 Book choice in particular was a source of continuing tension. Amanda Laugesen, Smithsonian, "This Cold War-Era Publishing House Wanted To Share American Values With the World," 13 July 2018 The choices made by mothers in the US and those abroad may seem unrelated, but in fact are closely intertwined. Rebecca Beitsch, The Christian Science Monitor, "All US states now allow breastfeeding in public," 13 July 2018 Mr Kavanaugh is highly qualified, an unremarkable choice for a Republican president. The Economist, "Brett Kavanaugh could shape the law for the next 40 years," 12 July 2018 But the choice will have far-reaching consequences for America’s 325 million citizens. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Commercial art galleries don’t typically present their choicest exhibition offerings in summer. Charles Desmarais, SFChronicle.com, "Summer exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery a monstrous affair," 6 July 2018 In each chapter, Prose curates her curation, telling us not only which books and authors to look at, but where in each of them to look for the choicest, most telling views. Meredith Maran, The Christian Science Monitor, "'What to Read and Why' shares a personal love of authors and titles," 5 July 2018 To boot, it was fitted with one of nu-metal's choicest choruses, plus riffs that absolutely kicked your ass every time out. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 98 Greatest Songs of 1998: Critics' Picks," 29 May 2018 Microsoft now believes strongly in recurring subscriptions that can be budgeted in, and will likely reserve its choicest features for the O365 subscribers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft will stop developing OneNote 2016 in favor of the Windows 10 OneNote app," 18 Apr. 2018 More than 50 breweries will offer up their choicest creations at the Brewmaster’s Invitational Beer Fest. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Scares to mares: Big weekend in Central Florida," 5 Apr. 2018 Front Range is working with several varieties of Frinj’s coffee, and can thus begin to build a database of the choicest coffee plants for future use. Matt Simon, WIRED, "How Cannabis Tech Can Help Build a Better Cup of Coffee," 27 Mar. 2018 Among the choicest loans is a collection of works on silk by Jeong Seon, an 18th-century artist who revolutionized Korean painting by depicting real local landscapes, rather than Chinese vistas or idealized visions. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Review: When a Landscape (and Memory) Is All You Have," 8 Feb. 2018 The choicest part of the stage design is a huge, mechanized secretary’s desk that rises almost to the ceiling: a towering ziggurat out of your worst totalitarian-state nightmare. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Racette's searing performance elevates melodramatic hokum of COT's 'The Consul'," 5 Nov. 2017

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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

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

Adjective

see choice entry 1

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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

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 \

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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