Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of choosing; selection.
  • noun The power, right, or liberty to choose; option.
  • noun An alternative.
  • noun One that is chosen.
  • noun A number or variety from which to choose.
  • noun The right to terminate a pregnancy by induced abortion.
  • adjective Of very fine quality.
  • adjective Selected with care; well-chosen.
  • adjective Of the US Government grade of meat higher than good and lower than prime.
  • idiom (of choice) Preferred above others of the same kind or set.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of choosing; the voluntary act of selecting or separating from two or more things that which is preferred, or of adopting one course of action in preference to others; selection; election.
  • noun The power of choosing; option.
  • noun Care in selecting; judgment or skill in distinguishing what is to be preferred, and in giving a preference.
  • noun The person or thing chosen; that which is approved and selected in preference to others.
  • noun The best part of anything; a select portion or assortment.
  • noun A variety of preferable or valuable things.
  • noun Synonyms Preference, Election, etc. See option.
  • Carefully selected; well chosen: as, a choice epithet.
  • Worthy of being preferred; select; notable; precious.
  • Careful; frugal; chary; preserving or using with care, as valuable: with of.
  • Noble; excellent.
  • Synonyms Costly, exquisite, uncommon, rare, excellent.
  • Sparing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Worthly of being chosen or preferred; select; superior; precious; valuable.
  • adjective Preserving or using with care, as valuable; frugal; -- used with of.
  • adjective Selected with care, and due attention to preference; deliberately chosen.
  • noun Act of choosing; the voluntary act of selecting or separating from two or more things that which is preferred; the determination of the mind in preferring one thing to another; election.
  • noun The power or opportunity of choosing; option.
  • noun Care in selecting; judgment or skill in distinguishing what is to be preferred, and in giving a preference; discrimination.
  • noun A sufficient number to choose among.
  • noun The thing or person chosen; that which is approved and selected in preference to others; selection.
  • noun The best part; that which is preferable.
  • noun to choose; to select; to separate and take in preference.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An option; a decision; an opportunity to choose or select something.
  • noun One selection or preference; that which is chosen or decided; the outcome of a decision.
  • noun Anything that can be chosen.
  • noun The best or most preferable part.
  • adjective Especially good or preferred.
  • adjective slang, New Zealand Cool; excellent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the person or thing chosen or selected
  • adjective appealing to refined taste
  • noun the act of choosing or selecting
  • adjective of superior grade
  • noun one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English chois, from Old French, from choisir, to choose, from Vulgar Latin *causīre, of Germanic origin; see geus- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English chois, from Old French chois ("choice"), from choisir ("to choose, perceive"), possibly via assumed Vulgar Latin *causīre (“to choose”) from Gothic *kausjan (“to make a choice, taste, test, choose”), from Proto-Germanic *kauzijanan, from Proto-Germanic *keusanan (“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.

Examples

  • To give the master a _right_ to sell his servant, would annihilate the servant's right of choice in his own disposal; but says the objector, To give the master a right to _buy_ a servant, equally annihilates the servant's _right of choice_.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • To give the master a _right_ to sell his servant, would annihilate the servant's right of choice in his own disposal; but says the objector, To give the master a right to _buy_ a servant, equally annihilates the servant's _right of choice_.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • To give the master a _right_ to sell his servant, would annihilate the servant's right of choice in his own disposal; but says the objector, "to give the master a right to _buy_ a servant, equally annihilates the servant's _right of choice_."

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • To give the master a _right_ to sell his servant, would annihilate the servant's right of choice in his own disposal; but says the objector, "to give the master a right to _buy_ a servant, equally annihilates the servant's _right of choice_."

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • Talking about the paradox of choice in software configuration we mustn't forget that configuration is not * choice*!

    Planet KDE

  • Overall, I feel that making my children's school lunch is a healthier choice, as well as being a more frugal choice*.

    Frugal Upstate

  • _right_ to sell his servant, would annihilate the servant's right of choice in his own disposal; but says the objector, "to give the master a right to _buy_ a servant, equally annihilates the servant's _right of choice_."

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • _right_ to sell his servant, would annihilate the servant's right of choice in his own disposal; but says the objector, "to give the master a right to _buy_ a servant, equally annihilates the servant's _right of choice_."

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • “Pro-choice and anti-”choice for men” activists differentiate between the choice to not continue a pregnancy and the choice to not pay child support for the same reason the courts allow people to sue for money but not for pounds of flesh.”

    Child support and male entitlement

  • To highlight the point, the following terminological distinction has been suggested: The term choice should be used to encompass the sorting out of options, whether conscious or nonconscious.

    THE MORAL DIMENSION

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  • British slang - "Adj. The best, excellent. E.g."Your new boyfriend is choice; we get on really well."

    - peevish.co.uk

    September 12, 2008

  • Samantha Bee tries to remember the word for that thing where you have two options and you have to decide on one of them...

    September 13, 2008

  • ...my little journeyman barber laid out his provisions, consisting of five or six onions, with some scraps of bread and cheese; but the best lot in the auction was a little leathern bottle, full, as he said, of choice, delicate wine.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 2 ch. 1

    September 13, 2008