choicest


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choice

 (chois)
n.
1. The act of choosing; selection: It is time to make a choice between the candidates.
2.
a. The power, right, or liberty to choose; option: The teacher gave me the choice between taking an exam and writing a paper.
b. An alternative: With no money, he had no choice but to walk home.
3. One that is chosen: That vase on sale looks like an excellent choice.
4. A number or variety from which to choose: a wide choice of styles and colors.
5. The right to terminate a pregnancy by induced abortion.
adj. choic·er, choic·est
1. Of very fine quality: choice peaches.
2. Selected with care; well-chosen: choice phrases.
3. Expressive of intense disapproval: had some choice words for the movers who dropped her antique spinet.
4. Of or relating to the USDA grade of beef with more marbling than select cuts and less marbling than prime cuts.
Idiom:
of choice
Preferred above others of the same kind or set: "the much used leveraged buyout as the weapon of choice" (Alison Leigh Cowan).

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

choice′ly adv.
choice′ness n.
Synonyms: choice, selection, alternative, option, preference
These nouns denote something chosen or available for choosing: Choice and selection are the most general: My first choice was too costly. My selection from the menu turned out to be delicious. Both words can refer to a range of things available for choosing: You have a wide choice of colors. The store had a good selection of wines. Alternative emphasizes choice between two possibilities or courses of action: "Since the days of Thomas A. Edison, the auto industry has been trying to make a credible alternative to the internal combustion engine" (Danny Hakim).
Option is often used of a choice that requires careful consideration: The legislature outlined many tax options. Preference indicates a choice based on one's values, bias, or predilections: We were offered our preference of appetizers.
Translations

choicest

adjallerfeinste(r, s), auserlesen
References in classic literature ?
Much concealed goodness and power is never dreamt of; the choicest dainties find no tasters!
The Diamond fell into the possession of Tippoo, Sultan of Seringapatam, who caused it to be placed as an ornament in the handle of a dagger, and who commanded it to be kept among the choicest treasures of his armoury.
They had been successful in their hunt, and their camp was full of jerked buffalo meat, all of the choicest kind, and extremely fat.
How evidently he belongs to the best society," said she to a third; and the vicomte was served up to the company in the choicest and most advantageous style, like a well-garnished joint of roast beef on a hot dish.
According to these highly-respectable witnesses, the minister, conscious that he was dying -- conscious, also, that the reverence of the multitude placed him already among saints and angels -- had desired, by yielding up his breath in the arms of that fallen woman, to express to the world how utterly nugatory is the choicest of man's own righteousness.
Of the choicest of my goods I prepared a present for King Mihrage, who was at first amazed, having known that I had lost my all.
It being there a festival day, each had something extraordinary allowed him; the choicest part of our entertainments was two pilchers, which were admired because they came from Portugal.
But in little domestic difficulties, where the penalty of consumption, or death, is out of the question, this theory of Configuration sometimes comes in awkwardly; and I must confess that occasionally when one of my own Hexagonal Grandsons pleads as an excuse for his disobedience that a sudden change of the temperature has been too much for his Perimeter, and that I ought to lay the blame not on him but on his Configuration, which can only be strengthened by abundance of the choicest sweetmeats, I neither see my way logically to reject, nor practically to accept, his conclusions.
Others of the men were busied erecting scaffolds, and other contrivances, for jerking or drying meat; others were lighting great fires for the same purpose; soon the hunters began to make their appearance, bringing in the choicest morsels of buffalo meat; these were placed upon the scaffolds, and the whole camp presented a scene of singular hurry and activity.
Perched on the rim of Michael's pannikin, this inconsiderable adventurer from out of the dark into the sun of life, a mere spark and mote between the darks, by a ruffing of his salmon-pink crest, a swift and enormous dilation of his bead-black pupils, and a raucous imperative cry, as of all the gods, in his throat, could make Michael give back and permit the fastidious selection of the choicest tidbits of his dish.
John Barleycorn was on a truth-telling rampage, giving away the choicest secrets on himself.
I shall cherish it forever among my choicest treasures.