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[choht] /tʃoʊt/
Joseph Hodges, 1832–1917, U.S. lawyer and diplomat.
Rufus, 1799–1859, U.S. lawyer, orator, and statesman. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Even in Choate and Phillips you are admiring the phrase and the elocution, and not the men.

  • Choate asked me if I wanted to see him for anything particular.

    Make or Break Oliver Optic
  • The distance wavered before Choate's eyes, He hated Jeffrey childishly because he could be so calm.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Mr. Wittleworth had been an errand boy in Mr. Choate's office!

    Make or Break Oliver Optic
  • Choate himself believed that, but he stared briefly at having it thrown at him with so deft a touch.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • I shall say to Choate, 'Choate,' says I, 'here's a piece of property which belongs to my mother.

    Make or Break Oliver Optic
Word Origin and History for Choate



"finished, complete," mistaken back-formation from inchoate (q.v.) as though that word contained in- "not." First attested 1878 in letter from Oliver Wendell Holmes lamenting barbarisms in legal case writing (he said he found choate in a California report).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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