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choice

[chois]
noun
  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.
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adjective, choic·er, choic·est.
  1. worthy of being chosen; excellent; superior.
  2. carefully selected: choice words.
  3. (in the grading of beef in the U.S.) rated between prime and good.
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Idioms
  1. of choice, that is generally preferred: A detached house is still the home of choice.
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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

Synonyms for choice

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 of choice

choice

noun
  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 chosenhe was a possible choice
  4. an alternative action or possibilitywhat choice did I have?
  5. a supply from which to selecta poor choice of shoes
  6. of choice preferred; favourite
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adjective
  1. of superior quality; excellentchoice wine
  2. carefully chosen, appropriatea few choice words will do the trick
  3. vulgar or rudechoice language
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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 of choice

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].

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choice

adj.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with of choice

of choice

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.

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choice

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

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