Definition of pick noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɪk//
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  1. 1[singular] (rather informal) an act of choosing something Take your pick (= choose). The winner gets first pick of the prizes.
  2. 2[countable] (informal) a person or thing that is chosen She was his pick for best actress. Synonymschoicefavourite preference selection pickThese are all words for a person or thing that is chosen, or that is liked more than others.choice a person or thing that is chosen:She’s the obvious choice for the job.favourite/​favorite a person or thing that you like more than the others of the same type:Which one’s your favourite?preference a thing that is liked better or best:Tastes and preferences vary from individual to individual.favourite or preference?Your favourites are the things you like best, and that you have, do, listen to, etc. often; your preferences are the things that you would rather have or do if you can choose.selection a number of people or things that have been chosen from a larger group:A selection of reader’s comments are published below.pick (rather informal) a person or thing that is chosen:She was his pick for best actress.Patterns somebody’s choice/​favourite/​pick for something somebody’s choice/​selection/​pick as something an obvious choice/​favourite/​selection a(n) excellent/​good/​popular/​fine choice/​selection
  3. 3[singular] the pick of something (rather informal) the best thing or things in a group We're reviewing the pick of this month's new books. I think we got the pick of the bunch (= the best in the group).
  4. 4[countable] = pickaxe picks and shovels
  5. 5[countable] (informal) = plectrum
  6. see also ice pick, toothpick
    Word Originnoun senses 1 to 3 Middle English (earlier as pike, which continues in dialect use): of unknown origin. Compare with Dutch pikken ‘pick, peck’, and German picken ‘peck, puncture’, also with French piquer ‘to prick’. noun sense 4 Middle English: variant of pike ‘weapon’.Extra examples She had her pick of the single men. Which do you want? Take your pick. Red or green? Take your pick. She had her pick of the young single men at the party.Idioms
    the best/pick of the bunch
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    the best out of a group of people or things
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pick