à la carte

[ ah luh -kahrt, al-uh; French a la -kart ]
/ ˌɑ lə ˈkɑrt, ˌæl ə; French a la ˈkart /

adjective, adverb

with a separate price for each dish offered on the menu: dinner à la carte.Compare prix fixe, table d'hôte.
with a separate price for each item on a list: Spa treatments can be booked à la carte, or you can choose one of our packages.

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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) /

adjective, adverb

(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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