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à la carte

[ah luh kahrt, al-uh; French a la kart]
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adjective, adverb
  1. 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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Related Words for a la carte

separately

British Dictionary definitions for a la carte

à la carte

adjective, adverb
  1. (of a menu or a section of a menu) having dishes listed separately and individually pricedCompare table d'hôte
  2. (of a dish) offered on such a menu; not part of a set meal
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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

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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