choice

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noun

adjective, choic·er, choic·est.


Idioms

    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
Related formschoice·less, adjectivechoice·ly, adverbchoice·ness, nounpre·choice, noun

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Synonym study

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for choices

choice

noun

the act or an instance of choosing or selecting
the opportunity or power of choosing
a person or thing chosen or that may be chosenhe was a possible choice
an alternative action or possibilitywhat choice did I have?
a supply from which to selecta poor choice of shoes
of choice preferred; favourite

adjective

of superior quality; excellentchoice wine
carefully chosen, appropriatea few choice words will do the trick
vulgar or rudechoice language
Derived Formschoicely, adverbchoiceness, noun

Word Origin for choice

C13: from Old French chois, from choisir to choose
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Word Origin and History for choices

choice

n.

mid-14c., "that which is choice," from choice (adj.) blended with earlier chois (n.) "action of selecting" (c.1300); "power of choosing" (early 14c.), "someone or something chosen" (late 14c.), from Old French chois "one's choice; fact of having a choice" (12c., Modern French choix), from verb choisir "to choose, distinguish, discern; recognize, perceive, see," from a Germanic source related to Old English ceosan "to choose, taste, try;" see choose. Late Old English chis "fastidious, choosy," from or related to ceosan, probably also contributed to the development of choice. Replaced Old English cyre "choice, free will," from the same base, probably because the imported word was closer to choose [see note in OED].

choice

adj.

"worthy to be chosen, distinguished, excellent," mid-14c., from choice (n.). Related: Choiceness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with choices

choice

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

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