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From Middle English chois, from Old French chois (choice), from choisir (to choose, perceive), possibly via assumed Vulgar Latin *causīre (to choose), from Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐌿𐍃𐌾𐌰𐌽 (kausjan, to make a choice, taste, test, choose), from Proto-Germanic *kauzijaną, from *keusaną (to choose), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵews- (to choose). Akin to Old High German kiosan (to choose), Old English ċēosan (to choose), Old Norse kjósa (to choose). More at choose.

The adjectival meaning of "especially good, preferred, select" was likely influenced by Middle English chyse, chys, chis (choice, excellent), from Old English ċīs, *ċīes (choice; dainty; nice), related to Old English ċēosan (to choose).


  • IPA(key): /tʃɔɪs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪs


choice (countable and uncountable, plural choices)

  1. An option; a decision; an opportunity to choose or select something.
    • 2012 January 1, Steven Sloman, “The Battle Between Intuition and Deliberation”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 1, page 74:
      Libertarian paternalism is the view that, because the way options are presented to citizens affects what they choose, society should present options in a way that “nudges” our intuitive selves to make choices that are more consistent with what our more deliberative selves would have chosen if they were in control.
    Do I have a choice of what color to paint it?
  2. (uncountable) The power to choose.
    She didn't leave us much choice.
    • 1907, Woodrow Wilson, Constitutional Government in the United States, page 68:
      For he is also the political leader of the nation, or has it in his choice to be.
  3. One selection or preference; that which is chosen or decided; the outcome of a decision.
    The ice cream sundae is a popular choice for dessert.
  4. Anything that can be chosen.
    You have three choices: vanilla, strawberry or chocolate
  5. (usually with the) The best or most preferable part.
  6. (obsolete) Care and judgement in selecting; discrimination, selectiveness.
  7. (obsolete) A sufficient number to choose among.


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choice (comparative choicer or more choice, superlative choicest or most choice)

  1. Especially good or preferred.
    It's a choice location, but you will pay more to live there.
    • 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, chapter 33, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299, page 162:
      This it is, that for ever keeps God’s true princes of the Empire from the world’s hustings; and leaves the highest honors that this air can give, to those men who become famous more through their infinite inferiority to the choice hidden handful of the Divine Inert, than through their undoubted superiority over the dead level of the mass.
  2. (obsolete) Careful in choosing; discriminating.
    • 1856, J. R. Planché (tr.), Fairy Tales by the Countess d'Aulnoy, The Princess Carpillon:
      Thus musing, he ate nothing; the Queen, believing that it was in consequence of his having been unkindly received, loaded him with caresses; she herself handed him some exquisite fruits, of which she was very choice.





  1. (slang, New Zealand) Cool; excellent.
    "I'm going to the movies." —"Choice!"

See also[edit]


  • choice at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • choice in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.