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From Middle English chois, from Old French chois (“choice”), from choisir (“to choose, perceive”), possibly via assumed Vulgar Latin *caus?re (“to choose”), from Gothic ??????? (kausjan, “to make a choice, taste, test, choose”), from Proto-Germanic *kauzijan?, from *keusan? (“to choose”), from Proto-Indo-European *?ews- (“to choose”). Akin to Old High German kiosan (“to choose”), Old English ??osan (“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 ??s, *??es (“choice; dainty; nice”), related to Old English ??osan (“to choose”).
choice (countable and uncountable, plural choices)
- An option; a decision; an opportunity to choose or select something.
- (uncountable) The power to choose.
- One selection or preference; that which is chosen or decided; the outcome of a decision.
- Anything that can be chosen.
- (usually with the) The best or most preferable part.
- (obsolete) Care and judgement in selecting; discrimination, selectiveness.
- (obsolete) A sufficient number to choose among.