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choice Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the person or thing chosen or selected
    selection; pick.
    • he was my pick for mayor
  2. noun the act of choosing or selecting
    pick; selection; option.
    • your choice of colors was unfortunate
    • you can take your pick
  3. noun one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
    alternative; option.
    • what option did I have?
    • there no other alternative
    • my only choice is to refuse
  4. adjective satellite of superior grade
    prime; quality; prize; select.
    • choice wines
    • prime beef
    • prize carnations
    • quality paper
    • select peaches
  5. adjective satellite appealing to refined taste
    • choice wine

Choice noun
OE. chois, OF. chois, F. choix, fr. choisir to choose; of German origin; cf. Goth. kausjan to examine, kiusan to choose, examine, G. kiesen. *46. Cf. Choose.
  1. Act of choosing; the voluntary act of selecting or separating from two or more things that which is preferred; the determination of the mind in preferring one thing to another; election.
  2. The power or opportunity of choosing; option.
    Choice there is not, unless the thing which we take be so in our power that we might have refused it. Hooker.
  3. Care in selecting; judgment or skill in distinguishing what is to be preferred, and in giving a preference; discrimination.
    I imagine they [the apothegms of Cæsar] were collected with judgment and choice. Bacon.
  4. A sufficient number to choose among. Shak.
  5. The thing or person chosen; that which is approved and selected in preference to others; selection.
    The common wealth is sick of their own choice. Shak.
  6. The best part; that which is preferable.
    The flower and choice Of many provinces from bound to bound. Milton.
    Syn. - See Volition, Option.
Choice adjective
comparative Choicer ; superlative Choicest
  1. Worthly of being chosen or preferred; select; superior; precious; valuable.
    My choicest hours of life are lost. Swift.
  2. Preserving or using with care, as valuable; frugal; -- used with of; as, to be choice of time, or of money.
  3. Selected with care, and due attention to preference; deliberately chosen.
    Choice word measured phrase. Wordsworth.
    Syn. - Select; precious; exquisite; uncommon; rare; chary; careful/

Webster 1913