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 Not everyone may wish to experience a college tour this way, but this may prove to be a good option when there are restrictions and not much of a choice. Carol Cutler White, The Conversation, "Virtual reality campus visits let students connect with colleges during COVID-19," 6 May 2020 When designing the radar for Britain during World War II, Robert Watson-Watt justified his choice of a non-optimal frequency as follows: Give them the third best to go on with; the second best comes too late, the best never comes. Aroop Chatterjee, Quartz Africa, "South Africa needs a wealth tax to help stop coronavirus worsening inequality," 30 Apr. 2020 So the heavier glasses, which might offer some slight advantage, may not be the best choice. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "Wildly Expensive (but Awesome) Hunting and Fishing Gear for Tax Season," 29 Apr. 2020 Their Mother’s Day Family Meal includes choice of family style entrée, two side dishes, and dessert. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "Restaurants Open on Mother's Day 2020 for Delivery or Carryout," 29 Apr. 2020 Coal replaced wood as the fuel of choice for glass-making, and as a result, hotter furnaces yielded stronger glass. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Unearth Remnants of Lost Scottish Wine-Bottle Glass Factory," 28 Apr. 2020 An acquaintance named their kid Maverick, and that acquaintance is an idiot for many, many reasons aside from their choice of kid's names. The Washington Post, "Chatological Humor with Gene Weingarten," 28 Apr. 2020 Grocery store workers like Hill don’t necessarily have a choice between earning a paycheck and risking their health. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Grocery workers are getting sick, some are dead. Who has their back?," 25 Apr. 2020 Carolina had a choice of two talented defenders with the No. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "NFL Draft 2020 Round 1 recap: Relive the top storylines, news and notes from Round 1," 23 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Brazil’s currency slumped Wednesday morning as the market digested the lack of foreign capital targeting the country’s choicest oil resources. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Brazil’s Oil Flop Is a Warning for Majors and Aramco," 6 Nov. 2019 But the biggest and brightest ones taunted us from the top of the tree, where the sun always shone and birds pecked at the choicest specimens. Grace Hwang Lynch, SFChronicle.com, "Growing a lemon tree in the Valley of the Heart’s Delight," 31 Oct. 2019 The choicest destination would be Philadelphia, which is close to his hometown of Hazleton, Pa., where his mother, Beanie, and many friends and relatives can see him more often. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "What’s next for Joe Maddon? There should be plenty of opportunities for the departing Cubs manager.," 29 Sep. 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

14 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Choice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choice. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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