cho·​sen | \ ˈchō-zᵊn How to pronounce chosen (audio) \
plural chosen

Definition of chosen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who is the object of choice or of divine favor : an elect person



Definition of chosen (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : elect
2 : selected or marked for favor or special privilege a chosen few

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Synonyms & Antonyms for chosen

Synonyms: Noun

bet, choice, pick, selection

Synonyms: Adjective

cherry-picked, choice, elect, favored, favorite, first-line, handpicked, picked, preferred, select, selected

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of chosen in a Sentence


of the five sons in the family, he was his father's chosen and thus showered with attention and special gifts


the chosen few who are invited to a gathering at the CEO's house at the end of the year

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Items are purchased by staff and chosen based on nutritional value, demand (based on sales) and availability ( through vendors Costco and Sam's Club), Brewer said. Darcel Rockett,, "Charter school's healthy snack store serves students in food desert," 9 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Jimmy's commitment to integrity throughout his life set him apart from many in his chosen professional field., "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/25," 25 June 2019 Some fans think the chosen royal name is a nod to the famed CW teen show. Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Named Their Son Archie and People Are Making Riverdale Jokes," 8 May 2019 The couple's seven chosen charities advocate for causes such as sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation and the environment, homelessness, HIV and the armed forces. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan's quirky wedding gifts include a bull, koalas, plus charity donations," 22 May 2018 While timing is clearly a consideration, so too is the chosen method of getting the boys and their coach out of the cave. NBC News, "Thailand soccer team rescue: Conditions now 'most suitable' but monsoon threatens," 7 July 2018 Transparency is the chosen method to UnKoch madness. WSJ, "If UnKoch Is Fine, What About an UnSoros?," 6 June 2018 As part of a campaign by MyHeritage DNA, eight footballing legends took a DNA test, to explore this very notion and find out just how much of their chosen nation was present in their blood., "8 Football Legends Discover Which Nations They Could Have Played For," 4 July 2018 His wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, is now head of the Sanders Institute, a progressive think tank, and Sanders himself has hit the campaign trail for a few chosen candidates. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Bernie Sanders Is Not the Left," 26 June 2018 And, by the way, to also cast a vote for their chosen candidates. Lori Weisberg,, "Final campaign push in San Diego: walking and phoning," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of chosen


13th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chosen


Middle English, from past participle of chosen to choose

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

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English Language Learners Definition of chosen

: selected to do or receive something special


Kids Definition of chosen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of choose


cho·​sen | \ ˈchō-zᵊn How to pronounce chosen (audio) \

Kids Definition of chosen (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : carefully selected his chosen profession
2 : picked to be shown favor or given special privilege Only a chosen few were asked to join.

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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