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[ chois ]


  1. an act or instance of choosing; selection:

    Her choice of a computer was made after months of research. His parents were not happy with his choice of friends.

  2. the right, power, or opportunity to choose; option:

    The child had no choice about going to school.

  3. the person or thing chosen or eligible to be chosen:

    This book is my choice.

    He is one of many choices for the award.

  4. an alternative:

    There is another choice.

  5. an abundance or variety from which to choose:

    a wide choice of candidates.

  6. something that is preferred or preferable to others; the best part of something:

    Mare's Nest is the choice in the sixth race.

  7. a carefully selected supply:

    This restaurant has a fine choice of wines.

  8. a choice grade of beef.


, choic·er, choic·est.
  1. worthy of being chosen; excellent; superior.

    Synonyms: precious, valuable, uncommon, rare, select

  2. carefully selected:

    choice words.

  3. (in the grading of beef in the U.S.) rated between prime and good.


/ tʃɔɪs /


  1. the act or an instance of choosing or selecting
  2. the opportunity or power of choosing
  3. a person or thing chosen or that may be chosen

    he was a possible choice

  4. an alternative action or possibility

    what choice did I have?

  5. a supply from which to select

    a poor choice of shoes

  6. of choice
    preferred; favourite


  1. of superior quality; excellent

    choice wine

  2. carefully chosen, appropriate

    a few choice words will do the trick

  3. vulgar or rude

    choice language

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Derived Forms

  • ˈchoicely, adverb
  • ˈchoiceness, noun
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Other Words From

  • choiceless adjective
  • choicely adverb
  • choiceness noun
  • pre·choice noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of choice1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English chois, from Old French, derived from choisir “to perceive, choose,” from Germanic; choose
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Word History and Origins

Origin of choice1

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

  1. of choice, that is generally preferred:

    A detached house is still the home of choice.

More idioms and phrases containing choice

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

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. See fine 1.
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Example Sentences

People have been forced to go online, who might not have gone there as a first choice.

The Prismacolor pencil set comes with an impressive variety of 150 colors, making this a great choice for art enthusiasts.

The economy ranks as the top issue in the state, with 27 percent of registered voters citing it as the single most important issue in their choice for president.

Zero-rating is detrimental to consumers, it compromises their freedom of choice.

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He said he wants to create a “workplace of choice,” with policies that allow anyone who desires to be successful within the company to find their path.

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The choice between freedom and fear is not difficult when seen with perspective.

Serve with the warm sauce and your choice of ice cream, whipped cream, or yogurt.

Removing choice is bullying and seems a horrid basis on which to anchor your relationship.

When Hitler became chancellor on Jan. 30, 1933, Hildebrand was confronted with a choice: Would he remain in Nazi Germany?

Disney has a choice whether to produce a program with certain fictional characters; the storyline could be re-written or changed.

With some difficulty Jos explained his mother's disclaimer of the title of Senora, and the choice of names she offered to Ramona.

Then Mr. Blackbird selected a good many choice tidbits here and there, which he bolted with gusto.

Pedantic, unimaginative and presumptuous, Theobald was the logical choice for a Dunce King in 1728.

He apologized for interrupting their tête-à-tête, but said he had no choice, as the saloon was completely full.

The poor artist reconciled himself to go for a time to Brittany, and his choice fell on Concarneau.


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More About Choice

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)

What are some synonyms for choice?

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What are some words that often get used in discussing choice?

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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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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