see also: Choice
  • IPA: /tʃɔɪs/


  1. An option; a decision; an opportunity to choose or select something.
    Do I have a choice of what color to paint it?
  2. (uncountable) The power to choose.
    She didn't leave us much choice.
  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.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the Third”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      The flower and choice / Of many provinces from bound to bound.
  6. (obsolete) Care and judgement in selecting; discrimination, selectiveness.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Apophthegms
      I imagine they [the apothegms of Caesar] were collected with judgment and choice.
    • 1757, Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, London: R. & J. Dodsley, Part I, Section I, p. 1,
      We see children perpetually running from place to place to hunt out something new; they catch with great eagerness, and with very little choice, at whatever comes before them; their attention is engaged by every thing, because every thing has, in that stage of life, the charm of novelty to recommend it.
  7. (obsolete) A sufficient number to choose among.
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choice (comparative choicer, superlative choicest)

  1. Especially good or preferred.
    It's a choice location, but you will pay more to live there.
  2. (slang, New Zealand) Cool; excellent.
    Choice! I'm going to the movies.
  3. (obsolete) Careful in choosing; discriminating.
    • 1856, James 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.
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  1. Surname

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