verb (used without object)
  1. to make a choice; pick.
  1. chosen in preference to another or others; selected.
  2. choice; of special value or excellence.
  3. careful or fastidious in selecting; discriminating.
  4. carefully or fastidiously chosen; exclusive: a select group of friends.

Origin of select

1555–65; < Latin sēlēctus (past participle of sēligere to gather apart), equivalent to sē- se- + leg(ere) to gather, choose + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsse·lec·ta·ble, adjectivese·lec·ta·bil·i·ty, nounse·lect·ly, adverbse·lect·ness, nounse·lec·tor, nounnon·se·lect·ed, adjectivere·se·lect, verb (used with object)un·se·lect, adjectiveun·se·lect·ed, adjectivewell-se·lect·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See choose. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for well-selected

Historical Examples of well-selected

  • One feels it to be a monument to the virtue of the well-selected bottle.

  • This large room was also furnished with a small but well-selected library.

  • Well-selected and well-bred Ayrshires make a splendid dairy herd.

    Hints on Dairying

    T. D. Curtis

  • The mine exploded at a well-selected spot and the losses must be heavy.

  • The book-cases were filled with well-selected volumes, handsomely bound.


    George B. Bacon

British Dictionary definitions for well-selected


  1. to choose (someone or something) in preference to another or others
  1. Also: selected chosen in preference to another or others
  2. of particular quality or excellence
  3. limited as to membership or entrya select gathering
  4. careful in making a choice
Derived Formsselectly, adverbselectness, noun

Word Origin for select

C16: from Latin sēligere to sort, from sē- apart + legere to choose
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Word Origin and History for well-selected



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.

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