Etymology: Middle English chois, from Anglo-French, from choisir to choose, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kiosan to choose — more at choose
Date: 13th century
1. the act of choosing ; selection <finding it hard to make a choice> 2. power of choosing ; option <you have no choice> 3. a. the best part ; cream b. a person or thing chosen <she was their first choice> 4. a number and variety to choose among <a plan with a wide choice of options> 5. care in selecting 6. a grade of meat between prime and good Synonyms: choice, option, alternative, preference, selection, election mean the act or opportunity of choosing or the thing chosen. choice suggests the opportunity or privilege of choosing freely <freedom of choice>. option implies a power to choose that is specifically granted or guaranteed <the option of paying now or later>. alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility <equally attractive alternatives>. preference suggests a choice guided by one's judgment or predilections <a preference for cool weather>. selection implies a range of choice <a varied selection of furniture>. election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment <doing a tax return forces certain elections on you>. II. adjective (choicer; choicest) Date: 14th century 1. worthy of being chosen 2. selected with care 3. a. of high quality b. of a grade between prime and good <choice meat> • choicely adverb • choiceness noun Synonyms: choice, exquisite, elegant, rare, delicate, dainty mean having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste. choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind <choice fabric>. exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste <an exquisite gold bracelet>. elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste <a sumptuous but elegant dining room>. rare suggests an uncommon excellence <rare beauty>. delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility <delicate craftsmanship>. dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate <dainty sandwiches>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.