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 Drop is also a clever way to harness some of the ecommerce activity happening on influencers’ platforms of choice, YouTube and Instagram, the latter of which recently began allowing users to buy products without even leaving its app. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Amazon's Quest to Be Fashionable Continues," 8 June 2019 All choices present Mazda at its best, including the base model. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "Mazda CX-9: Family hauler is versatile, well-equipped, has plenty of overall appeal," 8 June 2019 Fleabag’s slightly profane clothing choices, by the way, are deliberate. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Fashions Fade, But Fleabag Is Forever," 8 June 2019 To understand why, remember that empathy is a choice, and conflict gives people great reasons to avoid it. K.n.c., The Economist, "How to increase empathy and unite society," 7 June 2019 Attles, who coached the Warriors to the NBA championship in 1975, has worked in the organization in various capacities for nearly 60 years, ever since the club made him its fifth-round draft choice (from North Carolina AT&T) in 1960. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Former Warriors head coach Al Attles attends Game 4 of NBA Finals at Oracle," 7 June 2019 Coletti was a 17th-round choice, going to the Oakland Athletics at 524. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Here are the FAU baseball players selected in the MLB draft," 6 June 2019 Make water your drink of choice, with a target of 64 ounces spread throughout the day. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "Energy Drinks May Cause Heart Problems—Here’s How to Get a Natural Boost Instead," 4 June 2019 On the other hand 71% of Democrats or Democratic-leaning respondents viewed Obama as the top choice, with Clinton coming in second at 49%. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Obama Is The Best President Of Americans' Lifetimes: Poll," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But picking winners and landing the choicest assignments is never easy. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley Banker Is Also an Uber Driver," 18 Oct. 2018 Commercial art galleries don’t typically present their choicest exhibition offerings in summer. Charles Desmarais, SFChronicle.com, "Summer exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery a monstrous affair," 6 July 2018 In each chapter, Prose curates her curation, telling us not only which books and authors to look at, but where in each of them to look for the choicest, most telling views. Meredith Maran, The Christian Science Monitor, "'What to Read and Why' shares a personal love of authors and titles," 5 July 2018 To boot, it was fitted with one of nu-metal's choicest choruses, plus riffs that absolutely kicked your ass every time out. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 98 Greatest Songs of 1998: Critics' Picks," 29 May 2018 Microsoft now believes strongly in recurring subscriptions that can be budgeted in, and will likely reserve its choicest features for the O365 subscribers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft will stop developing OneNote 2016 in favor of the Windows 10 OneNote app," 18 Apr. 2018 More than 50 breweries will offer up their choicest creations at the Brewmaster’s Invitational Beer Fest. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Scares to mares: Big weekend in Central Florida," 5 Apr. 2018 Front Range is working with several varieties of Frinj’s coffee, and can thus begin to build a database of the choicest coffee plants for future use. Matt Simon, WIRED, "How Cannabis Tech Can Help Build a Better Cup of Coffee," 27 Mar. 2018 Among the choicest loans is a collection of works on silk by Jeong Seon, an 18th-century artist who revolutionized Korean painting by depicting real local landscapes, rather than Chinese vistas or idealized visions. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Review: When a Landscape (and Memory) Is All You Have," 8 Feb. 2018

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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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choice

noun

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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