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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
choice /tʃɔɪs/USA pronunciation   n., adj., choic•er, choic•est. 

  1. [countable] an act or instance of choosing;
    selection: a wise choice of friends.
  2. the right, power, or opportunity to choose[uncountable]no choice but to go along.
  3. [countable] the person or thing chosen: Blue is my choice for the rug.
  4. [countable] an abundance or variety from which to choose: a wide choice of styles.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. worthy of being chosen:choice cuts of meat.
  2. carefully selected: a few choice words for his enemies.
  1. Idiomsof choice, that is generally preferred: Surgery might be the treatment of choice for the problem.

choice•ness,n. [uncountable]
choice, alternative, option suggest the power of choosing between things. choice implies the opportunity to choose freely: Her choice for dessert was ice cream. alternative suggests a chance to choose only one of a few possibilities: I had the alternative of going to the party or staying home alone. option emphasizes the right or privilege of choosing: He had the option of taking the prize money or a gift.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
choice  (chois), 
n., adj., choic•er, choic•est. 

  1. 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.
  2. the right, power, or opportunity to choose; option:The child had no choice about going to school.
  3. the person or thing chosen or eligible to be chosen:This book is my choice. He is one of many choices for the award.
  4. an alternative:There is another choice.
  5. an abundance or variety from which to choose:a wide choice of candidates.
  6. something that is preferred or preferable to others; the best part of something:Mare's Nest is the choice in the sixth race.
  7. a carefully selected supply:This restaurant has a fine choice of wines.
  8. Fooda choice grade of beef.
  9. Idiomsof choice, that is generally preferred:A detached house is still the home of choice.

  1. worthy of being chosen; excellent;
  2. carefully selected:choice words.
  3. Food(in the grading of beef in the U.S.) rated between prime and good.
  • Gmc; see choose
  • Old French, derivative of choisir to perceive, choose
  • Middle English chois 1250–1300
choiceless, adj. 
choicely, adv. 
choiceness, n. 
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. 10 . select, rare, uncommon, valuable, precious. See fine1. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

choice /tʃɔɪs/ n
  1. the act or an instance of choosing or selecting
  2. the opportunity or power of choosing
  3. a person or thing chosen or that may be chosen: he was a possible choice
  4. an alternative action or possibility: what choice did I have?
  5. a supply from which to select: a poor choice of shoes
  6. of choicepreferred; favourite
  1. of superior quality; excellent: choice wine
  2. carefully chosen, appropriate: a few choice words will do the trick
  3. vulgar or rude: choice language
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French chois, from choisir to choose

ˈchoicely adv ˈchoiceness n

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