à la carte
[ ah luh -kahrt, al-uh; French a la -kart ]
/ ˌɑ lə ˈkɑrt, ˌæl ə; French a la ˈkart /
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Origin of à la carte
First recorded in 1815–20; from French: literally, “according to the menu”; see origin at carte
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British Dictionary definitions for à 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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