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[chois] /tʃɔɪs/
an act or instance of choosing; selection:
Her choice of a computer was made after months of research. His parents were not happy with his choice of friends.
the right, power, or opportunity to choose; option:
The child had no choice about going to school.
the person or thing chosen or eligible to be chosen:
This book is my choice. He is one of many choices for the award.
an alternative:
There is another choice.
an abundance or variety from which to choose:
a wide choice of candidates.
something that is preferred or preferable to others; the best part of something:
Mare's Nest is the choice in the sixth race.
a carefully selected supply:
This restaurant has a fine choice of wines.
a choice grade of beef.
adjective, choicer, choicest.
worthy of being chosen; excellent; superior.
carefully selected:
choice words.
(in the grading of beef in the U.S.) rated between prime and good.
of choice, that is generally preferred:
A detached house is still the home of choice.
Origin of choice
1250-1300; Middle English chois < Old French, derivative of choisir to perceive, choose < Germanic; see choose
Related forms
choiceless, adjective
choicely, adverb
choiceness, noun
prechoice, noun
2. Choice, alternative, option, preference all suggest the power of choosing between things. Choice implies the opportunity to choose: a choice of evils. Alternative suggests that one has a choice between only two possibilities. It is often used with a negative to mean that there is no second possibility: to have no alternative. Option emphasizes free right or privilege of choosing: to exercise one's option. Preference applies to a choice based on liking or partiality: to state a preference. 9. select, rare, uncommon, valuable, precious. See fine1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for choices
  • For a formal hedge to be clipped into a geometric shape, look first to the choices in our section on formal hedges.
  • Making smart food choices doesn't have to mean doing away with your favorites.
  • Both sweet and sour cherries are appealing choices for the home garden.
  • Perennials and bulbs offer still more colorful, interesting choices.
  • Some brands even include many choices: enriched and unenriched, nonfat, and low-fat.
  • Selection varies from market to market, but choices are usually interchangeable in recipes, so have fun exploring options.
  • These fish are great choices from a sustainability point of view because they eat mostly grain, not other fish.
  • Three prominent additions give spring visitors new choices.
  • The best choices for hanging baskets have short-stemmed blossoms and a cascading habit.
  • Use your garden to inspire tableware and decorating choices.
British Dictionary definitions for choices


the act or an instance of choosing or selecting
the opportunity or power of choosing
a person or thing chosen or that may be chosen: he was a possible choice
an alternative action or possibility: what choice did I have?
a supply from which to select: a poor choice of shoes
of choice, preferred; favourite
of superior quality; excellent: choice wine
carefully chosen, appropriate: a few choice words will do the trick
vulgar or rude: choice language
Derived Forms
choicely, adverb
choiceness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French chois, from choisir to choose
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Word Origin and History for choices



mid-14c., "that which is choice," from choice (adj.) blended with earlier chois (n.) "action of selecting" (c.1300); "power of choosing" (early 14c.), "someone or something chosen" (late 14c.), from Old French chois "one's choice; fact of having a choice" (12c., Modern French choix), from verb choisir "to choose, distinguish, discern; recognize, perceive, see," from a Germanic source related to Old English ceosan "to choose, taste, try;" see choose. Late Old English chis "fastidious, choosy," from or related to ceosan, probably also contributed to the development of choice. Replaced Old English cyre "choice, free will," from the same base, probably because the imported word was closer to choose [see note in OED].


"worthy to be chosen, distinguished, excellent," mid-14c., from choice (n.). Related: Choiceness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for choices



Very nice; sweet: had a choice time at the event

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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