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cho·​sen ˈchō-zᵊn How to pronounce chosen (audio)
plural chosen
: one who is the object of choice or of divine favor : an elect person


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

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
With its chosen catalyst, the system could produce oxygen from the Martian materials at around minus 37 degrees Celsius, demonstrating the chemical reaction could be feasible on the cold Martian surface. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Nov. 2023 In Raquette Lake, National Grid and Rev Renewables, the developer, say the chosen site, purchased in 2019, meets state and local requirements, away from wetlands and properly distanced from other buildings. Gregory Barber, WIRED, 8 Sep. 2023 Although small, it was well chosen, containing valuable works on history, science and literature. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2023 No special designation is given to that chosen teacher, according to the DPI. Alec Johnson, Journal Sentinel, 2 May 2023 Unlike Ovie, whose favorite spot to hammer is high in or above the left circle, Pasta’s chosen delivery spot is around the left circle’s dot. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 7 Mar. 2023 The chosen 30 students are flown in from their respective universities and provided with accommodations and full access to the festival. Malina Saval, Variety, 5 Feb. 2023 For more than four decades, Sister Patricia Daly pursued her chosen vocation: shareholder activist and scourge of corporate CEOs. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2022 His chosen ruins are not the grand British ones (no wrecked abbeys or Stonehenge) but eight sites closer to total oblivion. Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, 29 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from past participle of chosen to choose

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Chosen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


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past participle of choose


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: selected or marked for favor or special privilege
a chosen few

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