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adjective, choic·er, choic·est.


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Idioms about choice

    of choice, that is generally preferred: A detached house is still the home of choice.

Origin of choice

1250–1300; Middle English chois<Old French, derivative of choisir to perceive, choose <Germanic; see choose

synonym study for choice

2. Choice, alternative, option, preference all suggest the power of choosing between things. Choice implies the opportunity to choose: a choice of evils. Alternative suggests that one has a choice between only two possibilities. It is often used with a negative to mean that there is no second possibility: to have no alternative. Option emphasizes free right or privilege of choosing: to exercise one's option. Preference applies to a choice based on liking or partiality: to state a preference. 9. See fine1.


choiceless, adjectivechoicely, adverbchoiceness, nounpre·choice, noun
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What is a basic definition of choice?

A choice is an act of choosing something from multiple options or is one of the options you can choose from. Choice also describes something as being carefully selected. Choice has several other senses as a noun and an adjective.

When a person makes a choice, they consider different options and select one of them. For example, you might look at different colors of paint for your bedroom and decide that you want red paint. Your choice of paint was red. When making a choice, the options can be physical things, like food to eat, or nonphysical things, like which direction to drive or what to name a baby. Choice comes from the verb choose, which means to select something from different options.

  • Real-life examples: Life is full of choices, ranging from what to eat for breakfast to what kind of job you want to have. Sadly, many people regret the choices they have made in life. We often face really tough choices where we don’t want to pick any of the options available.
  • Used in a sentence: She was really happy with her choice of becoming a Hollywood actress. 

Choice also refers to a person or thing that is one of the possibilities a person can choose from.

  • Used in a sentence: I’m pretty sure going into the woods at night was the wrong choice. 

Choice also describes something as being carefully chosen.

  • Used in a sentence: We narrowed down the menu to a few choice dishes.

Where does choice come from?

The first records of choice come from around 1250. It ultimately comes from the Old French choisir, meaning “to choose.”

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What are some other forms related to choice?

  • choiceless (adjective)
  • choicely (adverb)
  • choiceness (noun)
  • prechoice (noun)

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How is choice used in real life?

Choice is a very common word that means an act of picking something or an option that a person can choose.


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British Dictionary definitions for choice

/ (tʃɔɪs) /


Derived forms of choice

choicely, adverbchoiceness, noun

Word Origin for choice

C13: from Old French chois, from choisir to choose
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Other Idioms and Phrases with choice


see by choice; Hobson's choice; of choice; pays your money and takes your choice. Also see under choose.

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