Meaning of CHOICE in English


/ tʃɔɪs; NAmE / noun , adjective

■ noun


[ C ] choice (between A and B) an act of choosing between two or more possibilities; something that you can choose :

women forced to make a choice between family and career

We are faced with a difficult choice.

We aim to help students make more informed career choices.

There is a wide range of choices open to you.

➡ note at option


[ U , sing. ] the right to choose or the possibility of choosing :

If I had the choice, I would stop working tomorrow.

He had no choice but to leave (= this was the only thing he could do) .

She's going to do it. She doesn't have much choice , really, does she?

This government is committed to extending parental choice in education.


[ C ] a person or thing that is chosen :

She's the obvious choice for the job.

Hawaii remains a popular choice for winter vacation travel.

This colour wasn't my first choice.

She wouldn't be my choice as manager.


[ sing. , U ] the number or range of different things from which to choose :

The menu has a good choice of desserts.

There wasn't much choice of colour.

—see also Hobson's choice , multiple-choice


- by choice

- of choice (for sb/sth)

- of your choice

—more at pay verb , spoilt

■ adjective ( choicer , choicest ) [ only before noun ]


( especially of food ) of very good quality


( NAmE ) ( of meat ) of very good, but not the highest, quality


choice words / phrases carefully chosen words or phrases :

She summed up the situation in a few choice phrases.

( humorous )

He used some pretty choice (= rude or offensive) language.




favourite ♦ preference ♦ selection ♦ pick

These are all words for a person or thing that is chosen, or that is liked more than others.


a person or thing that is chosen:

She's the obvious choice for the job.

favourite / favorite

a person or thing that you like more than the others of the same type:

Which one's your favourite?


a thing that is liked better or best:

Tastes and preferences vary from individual to individual.

favourite or preference?

Your favourites are the things you like best, and that you have, do, listen to, etc. often; your preferences are the things that you would rather have or do if you can choose.


a number of people or things that have been chosen from a larger group:

A selection of reader's comments are published below.


( rather informal especially NAmE ) a person or thing that is chosen:

She was his pick for best actress.


sb's choice / favourite / preference / pick for sth

sb's choice / selection / pick as sth

an obvious choice / favourite / selection

a(n) excellent / good / popular / fine choice / selection



Middle English : from Old French chois , from choisir choose, of Germanic origin and related to choose .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.