à la carte
[ ah luh kahrt, al-uh; French a la kart ]
/ ˌɑ lə ˈkɑrt, ˌæl ə; French a la ˈkart /
with a separate price for each dish offered on the menu: dinner à la carte.
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Origin of à la carte
1820–30; < French: according to the menu; see carte
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British Dictionary definitions for a la carte
à la carte
/ (ɑː lɑː ˈkɑːt, æ lə, French a la kart) /
(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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Word Origin and History for a la 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper