Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of choosing; selection.
  • n. The power, right, or liberty to choose; option.
  • n. One that is chosen.
  • n. A number or variety from which to choose: a wide choice of styles and colors.
  • n. The best or most preferable part.
  • n. Care in choosing.
  • n. An alternative.
  • adj. Of very fine quality.
  • adj. Appealing to refined taste.
  • adj. Selected with care.
  • adj. Of the U.S. Government grade of meat higher than good and lower than prime.
  • idiom of choice Preferred above others of the same kind or set: "the much used leveraged buyout as the weapon of choice” ( Alison Leigh Cowan).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An option; a decision; an opportunity to choose or select something.
  • n. One selection or preference; that which is chosen or decided; the outcome of a decision.
  • n. Anything that can be chosen.
  • n. The best or most preferable part.
  • adj. Especially good or preferred.
  • adj. Cool; excellent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. The power or opportunity of choosing; option.
  • n. Care in selecting; judgment or skill in distinguishing what is to be preferred, and in giving a preference; discrimination.
  • n. A sufficient number to choose among.
  • n. The thing or person chosen; that which is approved and selected in preference to others; selection.
  • n. The best part; that which is preferable.
  • adj. Worthly of being chosen or preferred; select; superior; precious; valuable.
  • adj. Preserving or using with care, as valuable; frugal; -- used with of.
  • adj. Selected with care, and due attention to preference; deliberately chosen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of choosing; the voluntary act of selecting or separating from two or more things that which is preferred, or of adopting one course of action in preference to others; selection; election.
  • n. The power of choosing; option.
  • n. Care in selecting; judgment or skill in distinguishing what is to be preferred, and in giving a preference.
  • n. The person or thing chosen; that which is approved and selected in preference to others.
  • n. The best part of anything; a select portion or assortment.
  • n. A variety of preferable or valuable things.
  • n. Synonyms Preference, Election, etc. See option.
  • Carefully selected; well chosen: as, a choice epithet.
  • Worthy of being preferred; select; notable; precious.
  • Careful; frugal; chary; preserving or using with care, as valuable: with of.
  • Noble; excellent.
  • Synonyms Costly, exquisite, uncommon, rare, excellent.
  • Sparing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the person or thing chosen or selected
  • adj. appealing to refined taste
  • n. the act of choosing or selecting
  • adj. of superior grade
  • n. one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

Etymologies

Middle English chois, from Old French, from choisir, to choose, from Vulgar Latin *causīre, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English chois, from Old French chois ("choice"), from choisir ("to choose, perceive"), possibly via assumed Vulgar Latin *causīre (“to choose”) from Gothic *kausjan (“to make a choice, taste, test, choose”), from Proto-Germanic *kauzijanan, from Proto-Germanic *keusanan (“to choose”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵews- (“to choose”). Akin to Old High German kiosan ("to choose"), Old English ċēosan ("to choose"), Old Norse kjósa ("to choose"). More at choose. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To give the master a _right_ to sell his servant, would annihilate the servant's right of choice in his own disposal; but says the objector, "to give the master a right to _buy_ a servant, equally annihilates the servant's _right of choice_."

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • To give the master a _right_ to sell his servant, would annihilate the servant's right of choice in his own disposal; but says the objector, To give the master a right to _buy_ a servant, equally annihilates the servant's _right of choice_.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • Talking about the paradox of choice in software configuration we mustn't forget that configuration is not * choice*!

    Planet KDE

  • Overall, I feel that making my children's school lunch is a healthier choice, as well as being a more frugal choice*.

    Frugal Upstate

  • _right_ to sell his servant, would annihilate the servant's right of choice in his own disposal; but says the objector, "to give the master a right to _buy_ a servant, equally annihilates the servant's _right of choice_."

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • “Pro-choice and anti-”choice for men” activists differentiate between the choice to not continue a pregnancy and the choice to not pay child support for the same reason the courts allow people to sue for money but not for pounds of flesh.”

    Child support and male entitlement

  • To highlight the point, the following terminological distinction has been suggested: The term choice should be used to encompass the sorting out of options, whether conscious or nonconscious.

    THE MORAL DIMENSION

  • Plus, the word choice sucks all logic out of the sentence.

    Deconstructing Obama

  • Within ten seconds of addressing the court, her word choice raised eyebrows.

    In the Plex

  • Ching Chong Ling Long Gourmet Takeout's name, of course, references ex-UCLA student Alexandra Wallace's YouTube video "Asians in the Library" -- wherein she complained about Asian students talking loudly on their cellphones -- and the delivery service indirectly addresses the name choice with this statement on its website:

    Disgrasian: UCLA Chinese Food Delivery Service Names Itself After Racist Viral Video

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  • ...my little journeyman barber laid out his provisions, consisting of five or six onions, with some scraps of bread and cheese; but the best lot in the auction was a little leathern bottle, full, as he said, of choice, delicate wine.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 2 ch. 1

    September 13, 2008

  • Samantha Bee tries to remember the word for that thing where you have two options and you have to decide on one of them...

    September 13, 2008

  • British slang - "Adj. The best, excellent. E.g."Your new boyfriend is choice; we get on really well."
    - peevish.co.uk

    September 12, 2008