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[men-yoo, mey-nyoo] /ˈmɛn yu, ˈmeɪ nyu/
a list of the dishes served at a meal; bill of fare:
Ask the waiter for a menu.
the dishes served.
any list or set of items, activities, etc., from which to choose:
What's on the menu this weekend—golf, tennis, swimming?
Digital Technology. a list of options available to a user, as displayed on a screen.
Origin of menu
1650-60; < French: detailed list, noun use of menu small, detailed < Latin minūtus minute2 Unabridged
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  • The menu made her suspicious of the food because it was written in French.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Henriette took especial care in preparing the menu for that Thursday dinner.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • After that Henriette and Sandoz, who were in consternation, witnessed the rout of their menu.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • At sundown work stops and supper is eaten, the menu being as at breakfast.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • They rested with particular pleasure on the menu card which stood in front of him.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for menu


a list of dishes served at a meal or that can be ordered in a restaurant
a list of options displayed on a visual display unit from which the operator selects an action to be carried out by positioning the cursor or by depressing the appropriate key
Word Origin
C19: from French menu small, detailed (list), from Latin minūtusminute²
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Word Origin and History for menu

1837, from French menu de repas "list of what is served at a meal," from Middle French menu (adj.) "small, detailed" (11c.), from Latin minutus "small," literally "made smaller," past participle of minuere "to diminish," from root of minus "to diminish" (see minus). Computer usage is from 1967, from expanded sense of "any detailed list," first attested 1889.

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