American English

Definition of pick noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[singular] an act of choosing something Take your pick (= choose). The winner gets first pick of the prizes.
  2. 2[countable] a person or thing that is chosen She was his pick for best actress. Thesauruschoicefavorite 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 best choice for the job.favorite a person or thing that you like more than the others of the same type:Which one's your favorite?preference a thing that is liked better or best:Would you like Italian or Chinese? I don't have a preference.favorite or preference?Your favorites 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 have a choice.selection a number of people or things that have been chosen from a larger group:A selection of readers' comments are published below.pick (somewhat informal) a person or thing that is chosen:Who's your pick for best actress this year?Patterns somebody's choice/favorite/pick for something somebody's choice/selection/pick as something an obvious choice/favorite/preference/selection a(n) excellent/good/popular/fine choice/selection
  3. 3[singular] the pick of something 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] = pickax picks and shovels
  5. 5[countable] a small piece of metal, plastic, etc. used for plucking the strings of a guitar or similar instrument synonym plectrum see also ice pick, toothpick
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pick