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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Overall, 70% believe Biden should withdraw and 57% believe Trump should — figures that show ongoing dissatisfaction with both choices. Ted Johnson, Deadline, 17 July 2024 Still, the economists noted, the recent string of positive news for inflation could reverse itself, leaving the central bank with no choice but to hold rates steady. Max Zahn, ABC News, 17 July 2024
Adjective
As for Afghanistan in 2001, the United States embarked on a war of necessity, not choice, in the wake the September 11 attacks. James A. Schear, Foreign Affairs, 17 Apr. 2014 Add in the influence of surf culture and the result is some seriously choice people-watching. David Amsden, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for choice 

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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 25 Jul. 2024.

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

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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