What does choice mean?

Definitions for choice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. choice, pick, selectionnoun

    the person or thing chosen or selected

    "he was my pick for mayor"

  2. choice, selection, option, picknoun

    the act of choosing or selecting

    "your choice of colors was unfortunate"; "you can take your pick"

  3. option, alternative, choiceadjective

    one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

    "what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative"; "my only choice is to refuse"

  4. choice, prime(a), prize, quality, selectadjective

    of superior grade

    "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"

  5. choiceadjective

    appealing to refined taste

    "choice wine"


  1. choicenoun

    An option; a decision; an opportunity to choose or select something.

    Do I have a choice of what color to paint it?

  2. choicenoun

    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.

  3. choicenoun

    Anything that can be chosen.

  4. choicenoun

    The best or most preferable part.

  5. choiceadjective

    Especially good or preferred.

    It's a choice location, but you will pay more to live there.

  6. choiceadjective

    Cool; excellent.

    Choice! I'm going to the movies.

  7. Etymology: chois, from chois, from choisir, of origin (possibly via assumed *), from *, from kaus-, from keusanan, from ǵews-. Akin to kiosan, ceosan, kjósa. More at choose.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Choiceadjective

    Etymology: choisi, French.

    After having set before the king the choicest of wines and fruits, told him the best part of his entertainment was to come. Guardian, №. 167.

    Thus in a sea of folly toss’d,
    My choicest hours of life are lost. Jonathan Swift.

    He that is choice of his time, will also be choice of his company, and choice of his actions. Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living.

  2. Choicenoun

    Etymology: choix, French.

    If you oblige me suddenly to chuse,
    The choice is made; for I must both refuse. John Dryden, Ind. Emp.

    Soft elocution doth thy style renown,
    Gentle or sharp, according to thy choice,
    To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice. John Dryden, Pers. sat. v.

    Choice there is not, unless the thing which we take to be so in our power, that we might have refused it. If fire consume the stable, it chooseth not so to do, because the nature thereof is such that it can do no other. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 7.

    There’s no liberty like the freedom of having it at my own choice, whether I will live to the world, or to myself. Roger L'Estrange.

    To talk of compelling a man to be good, is a contradiction; for where there is force, there can be no choice. Whereas all moral goodness consisteth in the elective act of the understanding will. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol. b. iii. c. 2. s. 23.

    Whether he will remove his contemplation from one idea to another, is many times in his choice. John Locke.

    Julius Cæsar did write a collection of apophthegms: it is pity his book is lost; for I imagine they were collected with judgment and choice. Francis Bacon, Apophthegms.

    Your choice is not so rich in birth as beauty:
    That you might well enjoy her. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Take to thee, from among the cherubim,
    Thy choice of flaming warriors. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.

    Now Mars, she said, let fame exalt her voice;
    Nor let thy conquests only be her choice. Matthew Prior.

    The choice and flower of all things profitable in other books, the psalms do both more briefly contain, and more movingly also express. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 37.

    Thou art a mighty prince: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead. Gen. xxiii. 6.

    Their riders, the flow’r and choice
    Of many provinces, from bound to bound. John Milton, Par. Reg.

    A braver choice of dauntless spirits,
    Did never float upon the swelling tide. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    Wisdom, of what herself approves, makes choice,
    Nor is led captive by the common voice. John Denham.


  1. Choice

    Choice involves decision making. It can include judging the merits of multiple options and selecting one or more of them. One can make a choice between imagined options or between real options followed by the corresponding action. For example, a traveler might choose a route for a journey based on the preference of arriving at a given destination as soon as possible. The preferred (and therefore chosen) route can then follow from information such as the length of each of the possible routes, traffic conditions, etc. The arrival at a choice can include more complex motivators such as cognition, instinct, and feeling. Simple choices might include what to eat for dinner or what to wear on a Saturday morning – choices that have relatively low-impact on the chooser's life overall. More complex choices might involve (for example) what candidate to vote for in an election, what profession to pursue, a life partner, etc. – choices based on multiple influences and having larger ramifications. Freedom of choice is generally cherished, whereas a severely limited or artificially restricted choice can lead to discomfort with choosing, and possibly an unsatisfactory outcome. In contrast, a choice with excessively numerous options may lead to confusion, reduced satisfaction, regret of the alternatives not taken, and indifference in an unstructured existence; and the illusion that choosing an object or a course, necessarily leads to the control of that object or course, can cause psychological problems.


  1. choice

    Choice refers to the act or process of selecting, amongst several available options or alternatives, one particular option or alternative. It involves evaluating the various possibilities and making a decision based on personal preferences, beliefs, or circumstances. Choice often reflects an individual's autonomy and agency in making decisions that can have consequences or impact on outcomes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Choicenoun

    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

  2. Choicenoun

    the power or opportunity of choosing; option

  3. Choicenoun

    care in selecting; judgment or skill in distinguishing what is to be preferred, and in giving a preference; discrimination

  4. Choicenoun

    a sufficient number to choose among

  5. Choicenoun

    the thing or person chosen; that which is approved and selected in preference to others; selection

  6. Choicenoun

    the best part; that which is preferable

  7. Choice

    worthly of being chosen or preferred; select; superior; precious; valuable

  8. Choice

    preserving or using with care, as valuable; frugal; -- used with of; as, to be choice of time, or of money

  9. Choice

    selected with care, and due attention to preference; deliberately chosen


  1. Choice

    Choice consists of the mental process of judging the merits of multiple options and selecting one or more of them. While a choice can be made between imagined options, often a choice is made between real options and followed by the corresponding action. For example, a route for a journey is chosen based on the preference of arriving at a given destination as soon as possible. The preferred route is then derived from information about how long each of the possible routes take. This can be done by a route planner. If the preference is more complex, such as involving the scenery of the route, cognition and feeling are more intertwined, and the choice is less easy to delegate to a computer program or assistant. More complex examples include choosing a lifestyle, religious affiliation, or political position. Most people regard having choices as a good thing, though a severely limited or artificially restricted choice can lead to discomfort with choosing and possibly, an unsatisfactory outcome. In contrast, a choice with excessively numerous options may lead to confusion, regret of the alternatives not taken, and indifference in an unstructured existence; and the illusion that choosing an object or a course leads necessarily to control of that object or course can cause psychological problems.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Choice

    chois, n. act or power of choosing: the thing chosen: alternative: preference: the preferable or best part.—adj. worthy of being chosen: select: appropriate.—adjs. Choice′-drawn (Shak.), selected with care; Choice′ful (Spens.), making many choices, fickle.—adv. Choice′ly, with discrimination or care.—n. Choice′ness, particular value: excellence: nicety.—Hobson's choice, the alternative of a thing offered or nothing, from Hobson, a Cambridge carrier and innkeeper, who insisted on lending out the horse nearest the stable door, or none at all.—Make choice of, to select; Take one's choice, to take what one wishes. [Fr. choixchoisir; cf. Choose.]

Editors Contribution

  1. choicenoun

    A person's conscious chapter carried over to attract someone's attention in the current execution. 1.) an act of selecting or making decision when faced with two or more possibilities. 2.) rude and abusive reaction from one's own volition.

    The Bride is my first choice in comfort at the beginning and the ending.

    Etymology: Wisdom

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 1, 2024  

  2. choice

    An option to choose.

    They knew they madd the right choice to marry each other as they both knew it was for life.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 24, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Choice is ranked #14201 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Choice surname appeared 2,114 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Choice.

    86% or 1,818 total occurrences were Black.
    6.9% or 146 total occurrences were White.
    2.8% or 61 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.6% or 56 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 24 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 9 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'choice' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #820

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'choice' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1036

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'choice' in Nouns Frequency: #308

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of choice in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of choice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of choice in a Sentence

  1. Kerry Benninghoff:

    That this slicing and dicing of minority voters is required to provide equal opportunity to elect representatives of their choice.

  2. Marco Rubio of Florida:

    I wouldn't because... I believe you should be constrained by the information that those articles are based on. ... If the House wants to start a new impeachment inquiry or pull it back and add additional elements to it, that's their choice to make.

  3. David Henkes:

    Fundamentally, the labor situation is one where … there’s just not enough supply of qualified workers, and restaurants are particularly vulnerable, because it’s never been the industry of choice for a lot of people.

  4. Holly Reed:

    Texans are demanding a choice, a safe way to travel in between these two major cities.

  5. Kanye West:

    When you hear about slavery for 400 years... For 400 years ? That sounds like a choice, you were there for 400 years and it's all of y' all. It's like we're mentally imprisoned.

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    A disjointed
    B profound
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