- to choose in preference to another or others; pick out.
- to make a choice; pick.
- chosen in preference to another or others; selected.
- choice; of special value or excellence.
- careful or fastidious in selecting; discriminating.
- carefully or fastidiously chosen; exclusive: a select group of friends.
Origin of select
Examples from the Web for selector
Historical Examples of selector
When the Crown Prince assented, he snapped on the screen and twiddled at the selector.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
He flipped an index, then punched a combination of numbers on his selector.Alarm Clock
Everett B. Cole
A selector's boy, riding into sight at the moment, was hailed.Colonial Born
G. Firth Scott
That which takes the place of the breeder and selector in nature is Death.Man's Place in Nature and Other Essays
Thomas Henry Huxley
The selector himself is standing against a fence talking to a neighbour.While the Billy Boils
- a person or thing that selects
- a device used in automatic telephone switching that connects one circuit with any one of a number of other circuits
- British a person who chooses the members of a sports team
- Australian the holder of a tract of land acquired by free-selection
- to choose (someone or something) in preference to another or others
- Also: selected chosen in preference to another or others
- of particular quality or excellence
- limited as to membership or entrya select gathering
- careful in making a choice
Word Origin for select
1560s, from Latin selectus, past participle of seligere "choose out, single out, select; separate, cull," from se- "apart" (see secret (n.)) + legere "to gather, select" (see lecture (n.)). The noun meaning "a selected person or thing, that which is choice" is recorded from c.1600. New England selectman first recorded 1640s.
1560s, from select (adj.) or from Latin selectus. Related: Selected; selecting.