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

Synonyms & Antonyms for chosen

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

  • rejectee
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Examples of chosen in a Sentence

Noun of the five sons in the family, he was his father's chosen and thus showered with attention and special gifts Adjective 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,, 9 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The chosen 9 editions make up an elevated assortment of a classic silhouette that is forever imprinted in history and culture. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 25 May 2022 The aerialist, who was killed during a BASE-jumping incident on May 16, was not one to skirt the potentially deadly consequences of his chosen lifestyle. The Editors, Outside Online, 18 May 2015 This unusual access to the inner lives of others was surely an asset in her chosen career, fiction writing. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 In one episode, Weinstein orchestrates a family dance for Haart to post on Instagram, in an apparent act of support for her chosen career. Philissa Cramer,, 23 Nov. 2021 To get there, the scientists had to raise the chosen crab, born in 2015 from one of the crabs harvested a year earlier. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2021 To get there, the scientists had to raise the chosen crab, which then gave birth in the lab to dozens of healthy babies, proving her genetic viability. Christine Condon,, 8 Oct. 2021 The chosen law firm would hire a computer forensic company to help determine what happened and how to prevent future data losses. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2021 The chosen three are initially enthusiastic participants in Bilton’s plan. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2021 See More

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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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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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