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 The choice of which images to publish is significant. Brit Trogen, The Atlantic, "Go Ahead, Share Your Vaccine Selfie," 14 Jan. 2021 The choice facing Republicans isn’t just about the immediate fate of Trump, who has just seven days left in his presidency. Steve Peoples, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s Republican wall eroding ahead of impeachment vote," 13 Jan. 2021 The other choice is to be bold: the UK can forget equivalence, give up easy access to the EU’s single market, and go its own way, making full use of its capacity to make its own rules and regulations. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "London lost a chunk of European stock trading this week. What will it lose next?," 8 Jan. 2021 Unwilling to delay the wedding, the choice was obvious. Arkansas Online, "Virus-restricted Israelis find freedom to celebrate in Dubai," 1 Jan. 2021 The choice is yours, but my advice no matter the version is to start with the very sensitive and work your way up. Talia Gutierrez, Glamour, "The PMD Microderm Device Totally Changed the Texture of My Skin," 1 Jan. 2021 The choice now is the struggle of remaining, fighting to salvage what’s left, or the pain of leaving home as a political refugee. Washington Post, "Six portraits from a year defined by loss," 30 Dec. 2020 This choice will be of little surprise to those in the St. Tammany volleyball community, as Hartmann clearly stood out above the rest all season long. Joseph Halm, NOLA.com, "The 2020 All-St. Tammany Farmer Volleyball Team," 30 Dec. 2020 The choice is no longer whether to enter the Everything Store. New York Times, "Life Without Amazon (Well, Almost)," 29 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The filmmaker’s position is clearly pro-choice, but her forthright, exquisitely tender film transcends polemics. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "How Covid-19 Changed Movies in 2020," 10 Dec. 2020 Liberals have to appeal to teacher unions, global-warming activists, pro-choice feminists and minorities to win the primary, but avoid losing fiscally moderate suburban voters in the general. Alex Castellanos, WSJ, "There’s More to Politics Than Policy," 10 Dec. 2020 Pro-choice, independent-minded Republican senators like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine could be hard to keep on side to block a mainstream and politically adept nominee who had once been a colleague in the lower chamber. Noah Millman, TheWeek, "Biden's controversial Cabinet picks will reveal who holds the cards in Washington," 9 Dec. 2020 While speaking at a Loeffler campaign event at a gun range, Rep. Doug Collins told the crowd there is no such thing as a pro-choice pastor. Anoa Changa, Essence, "During Debate Warnock Says Loeffler Lying On Him And Jesus," 7 Dec. 2020 In the past decade, anti-choice activists have waged a series of disinformation campaigns that depend on Americans—especially Black Americans—not being able to make that distinction. Dani Mcclain, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Racial Reckoning Happening Inside Planned Parenthood," 23 Nov. 2020 The meal package comes with a choice Italian sausage and chestnut stuffing, crème Fraîche mashed potatoes and green beans Almondine. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Don't want to cook? Here's where to order Thanksgiving meals to-go in metro Detroit," 20 Nov. 2020 Ricardo Rosselló vetoed it; however, the author of the bill, Sen. Nayda Venegas Brown, vowed to introduce many more anti-choice measures. Raquel Reichard, refinery29.com, "In Puerto Rico, A History Of Colonization Led To An Atrocious Lack of Reproductive Freedom," 20 Oct. 2020 The story behind the lightning bolt symbol being used in Poland’s pro-choice marches. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: It’s time to redesign the electoral map," 7 Nov. 2020

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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

23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Choice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choice. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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