\ 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

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Other Words from choice


choicely adverb
choiceness noun

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Councilman Robert Wagner said the Board of Health had no power to make UCH change its position, but said the letter did not go far enough, and said personal choice to get vaccinated should carry more weight than the hospital network’s mandate. James Whitlow,, 16 Sep. 2021 Indeed, saying that vaccination is merely a personal choice contradicts the history of medicine. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 16 Sep. 2021 Most who turned out also support mandatory masking for students, and think getting vaccinated against the coronavirus is a public responsibility rather than a personal choice. Adam Brewster, CBS News, 15 Sep. 2021 With existing home inventory depleted, homebuyers had no choice but to turn to homebuilders. Lance Lambert, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2021 Covid-19 cases forced some schools back to virtual. Quarantine as personal choice. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 When Felix Rosenqvist tapped Scott Dixon entering Turn 1 of Lap 1, Palou had no choice but to run straight through the first turn. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Sep. 2021 Republican said any mandate should have come from the state or federal level, and also pressed the argument for personal choice. Don Stacom,, 13 Sep. 2021 Rough math suggests that in the first 10 days, about 1,300 women who would have terminated pregnancies may have no choice but to carry to term. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, 12 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pope Francis on Wednesday said the decision about granting pro-choice politicians Communion should be made from a strictly pastoral point of view, not a political one. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 McCorvey thought the pro-choice leaders were hoity-toity. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Her clinic often sees anti-choice advocates lurking outside. Glamour, 2 Sep. 2021 In 2007, Burke resigned from the board of a Catholic hospital in protest of its invitation for Sheryl Crow, who is also pro-choice, to play at a benefit concert. Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2021 In January, a snowy owl, native to Canada’s Arctic tundra, touched down in Central Park for the first time in 130 years and spent more than a month supplementing its usual diet of boreal lemmings with choice urban fare such as mice and rats. Janet Marinelli, Wired, 24 July 2021 As part of his total makeover from heartland tribune to Democratic presidential candidate, Mr. Ryan had spent several years evolving his policy positions from pro-life to pro-choice and from pro-gun-rights to pro-gun-control. James Freeman, WSJ, 20 July 2021 Still, anti-choice vitriol is rife, and the movement was emboldened by the Trump administration. Danielle Campoamor, Marie Claire, 16 July 2021 Last year, the Lake County Fair Association created a people’s choice virtual competition for the public in 2020, as well as virtual judging for 4H Club youth member projects. Sheryl Devore,, 29 June 2021

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

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“Choice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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



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

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


\ 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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