Meaning of CHOICE in English


I. ˈchȯis noun

Etymology: Middle English chois, from Anglo-French, from choisir to choose, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kiosan to choose — more at choose

Date: 13th century

1. : the act of choosing : selection

finding it hard to make a choice

2. : power of choosing : option

you have no choice


a. : the best part : cream

b. : a person or thing chosen

she was their first choice

4. : a number and variety to choose among

a plan with a wide choice of options

5. : care in selecting

6. : a grade of meat between prime and good

- of choice


choice , option , alternative , preference , selection , election mean the act or opportunity of choosing or the thing chosen. choice suggests the opportunity or privilege of choosing freely

freedom of choice

option implies a power to choose that is specifically granted or guaranteed

the option of paying now or later

alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility

equally attractive alternatives

preference suggests a choice guided by one's judgment or predilections

a preference for cool weather

selection implies a range of choice

a varied selection of furniture

election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment

doing a tax return forces certain elections on you

II. adjective

( choic·er ; choic·est )

Date: 14th century

1. : worthy of being chosen

2. : selected with care


a. : of high quality

b. : of a grade between prime and good

choice meat

• choice·ly adverb

• choice·ness noun


choice , exquisite , elegant , rare , delicate , dainty mean having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste. choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind

choice fabric

exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste

an exquisite gold bracelet

elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste

a sumptuous but elegant dining room

rare suggests an uncommon excellence

rare beauty

delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility

delicate craftsmanship

dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate

dainty sandwiches

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.