choice

noun
\ ˈchȯis How to pronounce choice (audio) \

Essential Meaning of choice

1 : the act of choosing : the act of picking or deciding between two or more possibilities He knew he had to make a choice. [=choose one thing or another] He has some important choices to make. See More ExamplesYou made a good/bad 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.Hide
2 : the opportunity or power to choose between two or more possibilities : the opportunity or power to make a decision Given the choice, I'd rather stay home tonight. He had no choice in the matter. = He did not have a choice in the matter. See More ExamplesYou leave me (with) no choice. They gave/offered me a choice between an automatic and standard transmission. A flexible health insurance plan gives patients more choice about doctors and coverage. He had little choice in the matter. = He did not have much choice in the matter.Hide
3 : a range of things that can be chosen The menu does not have much choice. [=selection] (chiefly Brit) Customers are spoiled for choice [=customers have a lot of choices] when buying a new car.

Full Definition of choice

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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 always simmering culture war divide came late in the afternoon, after most people had already observed, or not, their day of choice. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 11 Oct. 2021 Videos are now ubiquitous, consumed in massive ways and are the medium of choice, especially for younger generations, to receive content. Jane Hanson, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 That title actually belongs to Starbursts and Sour Patch Kids, each being the top candy of choice for six states. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2021 Champagne of choice, held a pre-screening bash at a swanky theater in New York’s South Street Seaport. New York Times, 10 Oct. 2021 When Lexis needs to unwind, her book of choice is The Pop-Up Book of Terrifying Things. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 10 Oct. 2021 But much has changed in the last 34 years, most notably the rise in guns as the weapon of choice. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 Leather is my material of choice for casual daily riding. Joe Michaud, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 Since fresh cow’s milk wasn’t accessible in Vietnam, sweetened condensed milk became the dairy of choice to have with coffee. An Uong, Bon Appétit, 8 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Invitations to speak at pro-choice rallies stopped coming. Marin Cogan, The New Republic, 11 Oct. 2021 So, in some odd way, Trump predicted what this post-Roe America will look like: His anti-choice justices likely will give the states free rein with highly restrictive laws. Molly Jong-fast, Vogue, 7 Oct. 2021 Bennett, a twenty-nine-year-old pro-choice activist, had gone to the capitol to protest the legislation. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, 6 Oct. 2021 Sandberg also contributed $405,000 to the PAC for Emily's List, which backs pro-choice Democrats. Zach Everson, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Several medical and pro-choice groups opposed the law and argued that two provisions should be delayed from taking effect. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 29 Sep. 2021 Several medical and pro-choice groups opposed the law and argued that two provisions should be delayed from taking effect. Stacey Barchenger, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 Pro-choice leaders were sure that the George H.W. Bush appointee was a foe. Joshua Prager, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 Midler continued speaking out against the anti-choice law on Friday. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 4 Sep. 2021

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

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14 Oct 2021

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“Choice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choice. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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