- an option giving the holder, usually an officer or employee, the right to buy stock of the issuing corporation at a specific price within a stated period.
Origin of stock option
The right to purchase a company's shares at a future date at an agreed price. Companies often give stock options to their executives as an incentive to improve the company's performance and boost its share price. If the share price has risen above the agreed price of the option by the time the option is exercised, the executive stands to make a considerable profit.