adjective, choic·er, choic·est.
Origin of choice
Synonyms for choice
Word Origin for choice
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].
"worthy to be chosen, distinguished, excellent," mid-14c., from choice (n.). Related: Choiceness.
Preferred above others, as in A strike is the union's weapon of choice. Used with other prepositions (by, for, with), all meaning “by preference,” this idiom dates from about 1300.
see by choice; Hobson's choice; of choice; pays your money and takes your choice. Also see under choose.