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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
choice /tʃɔɪs/USA pronunciation
n., adj., choic•er, choic•est. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
adj. [before a noun]
- [countable] an act or instance of choosing;
selection: a wise choice of friends.
- the right, power, or opportunity to choose[uncountable]no choice but to go along.
- [countable] the person or thing chosen: Blue is my choice for the rug.
- [countable] an abundance or variety from which to choose: a wide choice of styles.
- worthy of being chosen:choice cuts of meat.
- carefully selected: a few choice words for his enemies.
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.
- Idiomsof choice, that is generally preferred: Surgery might be the treatment of choice for the problem.
(chois), n., adj., choic•er, choic•est.
- 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.
- Fooda choice grade of beef.
- Idiomsof choice, that is generally preferred:A detached house is still the home of choice.
- worthy of being chosen; excellent;
- carefully selected:choice words.
- Food(in the grading of beef in the U.S.) rated between prime and good.
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.
- Gmc; see choose
- Old French, derivative of choisir to perceive, choose
- Middle English chois 1250–1300
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
choice /tʃɔɪs/ n
- 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
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French chois, from choisir to chooseˈchoicely adv ˈchoiceness n
- of superior quality; excellent: choice wine
- carefully chosen, appropriate: a few choice words will do the trick
- vulgar or rude: choice language
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