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carte

[kahrt; French kart] /kɑrt; French kart/
noun, plural cartes
[kahrts; French kart] /kɑrts; French kart/ (Show IPA)
1.
(italics) French. menu; bill of fare.
Compare à la carte.
2.
a playing card.
3.
Archaic. a map or chart.
Origin of carte
1150
before 1150; Middle English, Old English: writing paper, document, letter < Latin charta < Greek chártēs sheet of papyrus
Can be confused
cart, carte.

Carte

[kahrt] /kɑrt/
noun
1.
Richard d'Oyly
[doi-lee] /ˈdɔɪ li/ (Show IPA),
D'Oyly Carte, Richard.

à la carte

[ah luh kahrt, al-uh; French a la kart] /ˌɑ lə ˈkɑrt, ˌæl ə; French a la ˈkart/
adjective, adverb
1.
with a separate price for each dish offered on the menu:
dinner à la carte.
Origin
1820-30; < French: according to the menu; see carte
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Examples from the Web for carte
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  • Her fairy tales are thin, and marred by weak allegory of the "carte de Tendre" kind.

  • They were already seated at a table, Mary holding the carte in her hand.

    A Stable for Nightmares J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • I think, after securing his agent's services, he left him carte blanche to act as he would.

    Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
  • After reading what I have written upon the carte, surely you can guess.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • Mr. Smith would take the carte between his finger and thumb and stare at it.

  • But he knew what he was talking about, and they had given him carte blanche.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • "I did not mean to offend you; I give you carte blanche to insult mine" (holding out a very minute Russia leather one).

    Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton
British Dictionary definitions for carte

carte

/kɑːt/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of quarte

Carte

/kɑːt/
noun
1.

à la carte

/ɑː lɑː ˈkɑːt; æ lə; French a la kart/
adjective, adverb
1.
(of a menu or a section of a menu) having dishes listed separately and individually priced Compare table d'hôte
2.
(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 carte

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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