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menu

[men-yoo, mey-nyoo] /ˈmɛn yu, ˈmeɪ nyu/
noun
1.
a list of the dishes served at a meal; bill of fare:
Ask the waiter for a menu.
2.
the dishes served.
3.
any list or set of items, activities, etc., from which to choose:
What's on the menu this weekend—golf, tennis, swimming?
4.
Digital Technology. a list of options available to a user, as displayed on a screen.
Origin of menu
1650-1660
1650-60; < French: detailed list, noun use of menu small, detailed < Latin minūtus minute2
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  • I will furnish the capital, and keep the accounts and help you plan the daily menus.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • With other unique ideas for menus, together with toasts and stories.

    Games For All Occasions Mary E. Blain
  • He made it a point to select things that were not on the menus of the hotels in Honduras.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
  • She did wonders with those apples and they added a big variety to our menus.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • She would have to be hurrying to get her menus back on time.

    Stubble

    George Looms
British Dictionary definitions for menus

menu

/ˈmɛnjuː/
noun
1.
a list of dishes served at a meal or that can be ordered in a restaurant
2.
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 menus

menu

n.

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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