à la carte
[ah luh kahrt, al-uh; French a la kart]
- 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
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à la carte
- (of a menu or a section of a menu) having dishes listed separately and individually pricedCompare table d'hôte
- (of a dish) offered on such a menu; not part of a set meal
Word Origin for à la carte
C19: from French, literally: according to the card
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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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