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

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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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,, "Charter school's healthy snack store serves students in food desert," 9 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But capital gains also reflect the chosen timing of the seller and movements in the stockmarket, making them volatile. The Economist, "Economists are rethinking the numbers on inequality," 28 Nov. 2019 Or, in simpler terms, the return on a B-school degree may not justify the investment unless the degree is a professional prerequisite, the ticket required for entrance to a chosen career. Jeff Haden,, "Starting a business? Forget the MBA.," 8 Nov. 2019 Some are using it as the new go-to reply meme, others are taking the opportunity to be self-deprecating, others are making political jokes, and the best are using the image to mock their chosen sports team and movies. Melissa Locker, Time, "Self-Driving Garbage Can Inspires a Lot of Jokes Worth Treasuring," 1 Oct. 2019 Jarrell is well aware of Logan’s plan to make Waystar Royco too big to swallow for the private equity raiders attempting a hostile takeover of his company, with an acquisition of Pierce his chosen method. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "‘Succession’ Recap, S2E4: The Gold Rush," 3 Sep. 2019 The study measured 1,100 U.K. and U.S. adults, 60 percent of whom were twins, and their various blood markings (such as blood sugar, fat levels) in response to standardized and chosen meals. Nicole Blackwood,, "Slow down the calorie counting: Personalized diets could be the future of healthy eating, study suggests," 12 June 2019 The lawsuits argue the law violates the U.S. Constitution by creating an extra requirement to run for president and deprives citizens the right to vote for their chosen candidates. Washington Post, "Trump, Republican party sue over California tax return law," 6 Aug. 2019 The lawsuits argue the law violates the U.S. Constitution by creating an extra requirement to run for president and deprives citizens the right to vote for their chosen candidates. Kathleen Ronayne, Fortune, "Trump, Republican Party Sue Over California Tax Return Law," 6 Aug. 2019 Players are selected for the All-Stars squad by three different bodies: the chosen manager of the MLS All-Stars side, fans' favourites and the league commissioner., "MLS All-Star Game: Everything You Need to Know About the Event," 30 July 2019

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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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“Chosen.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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easily led, controlled, or managed

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