choice

1 of 2

noun

1
: the act of choosing : selection
finding it hard to make a choice
2
: power of choosing : option
you have no choice
3
a
: 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

choice

2 of 2

adjective

choicer; choicest
1
: worthy of being chosen
accepting the choicest candidates
2
: selected with care
prepared his report with choice words
3
a
: of high quality
served choice wine with the dinner
b
: of a grade between prime and good
choice meat
choicely adverb
choiceness noun
Phrases
of choice
: to be preferred
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

Example Sentences

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
Ride shotgun with a Martin Scorsese postwar classic that trails a depressed veteran behind the wheel of New York City’s transportation of choice. Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Nov. 2022 If pour-overs are your brewing method of choice, this is the kettle to get. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2022 For those same reasons, but especially for his signature, defining regalia, Collins has become the icon of choice for celebrity impostors. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 25 Nov. 2022 Whether your artistic expression of choice is writing, drawing, or editing photos and videos this slim, but powerful tablet is up to the task. PCMAG, 25 Nov. 2022 That tailwind simply wasn’t there starting in 2008, though nail polish turned out to be consumers’ small indulgence of choice in that period. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2022 Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day in America, and for good reason: Thousands flock to be with birth families and families of choice, to share a meal, some old stories, and maybe a little drama. R. Eric Thomas, ELLE, 23 Nov. 2022 Buyers will have a chance to bid on their bag of choice from November 29 through December 9. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2022 In an exclusive article about Naomi Biden's White House wedding, the magazine states that the brand's chocolate chip ice cream is President Biden's flavor of choice. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 22 Nov. 2022
Adjective
The youngest voting generation is strongly pro-choice and can be mobilized by threats to reproductive healthcare. Ashley Aylward, Time, 10 Nov. 2022 Warnock is pro-choice and campaigned on the belief that the United States can overcome its racist roots and enact social change. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 9 Nov. 2022 Bass has pitched herself as the only true pro-choice Democrat in the race, noting that Caruso had only joined the Democratic Party the month before entering the race. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 8 Nov. 2022 And the concern about the repeal of Roe v. Wade in a state that is a proud pro-choice state. Abc News, ABC News, 15 Nov. 2022 While not thrilled with the pro-choice movement's progress on the state level, pro-life organizations see the more localized debates and initiatives as a better opportunity for progress after the overturn of Roe v. Wade earlier this year. Fox News, 9 Nov. 2022 The Ballmers aren’t the only billionaires spending money to support the pro-choice movement in the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision. Rachel Sandler, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 Perhaps the uproar wouldn’t have been as loud 14 years ago, but the pro-choice movement still existed then (and has for decades prior). Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 3 Oct. 2022 The Black caucus in February focused many of its immediate demands on holding its non-Black counterparts in the pro-choice movement accountable—something the original founders of reproductive justice didn’t do, Ross said. Amy Littlefield, The New Republic, 28 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near choice

Cite this Entry

“Choice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choice. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

choice 1 of 2

noun

1
: the act of choosing : selection
finding it hard to make a choice
2
: the power of choosing : option
you have no choice
3
a
: a person or thing chosen
our choice for mayor
b
: the best part
4
: a number and variety to choose among
a wide choice of options
of choice
: to be preferred

choice

2 of 2

adjective

1
: very fine
choice fruits
2
: of a grade between prime and good
choice meat
choicely adverb
choiceness noun

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