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à la carte

[ah luh kahrt, al-uh; French a la kart] /ˌɑ lə ˈkɑrt, ˌæl ə; French a la ˈkart/
adjective, adverb
with a separate price for each dish offered on the menu:
dinner à la carte.
Origin of à la carte
1820-30; < French: according to the menu; see carte Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for a la carte

à la carte

/ɑː lɑː ˈkɑːt; æ lə; French a la kart/
adjective, adverb
(of a menu or a section of a menu) having dishes listed separately and individually priced Compare table d'hôte
(of a dish) offered on such a menu; not part of a set meal
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: according to the card
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Word Origin and History for a la carte

1826, from French à la carte, literally "by the card" (see card (n.)); in other words, "ordered by separate items." Distinguished from a table d'hôte, meal served at a fixed, inclusive price.

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