[kahrt; French kart]

noun, plural cartes [kahrts; French kart] /kɑrts; French kart/.

(italics) French. menu; bill of fare.Compare à la carte.
a playing card.
Archaic. a map or chart.

Origin of carte

before 1150; Middle English, Old English: writing paper, document, letter < Latin charta < Greek chártēs sheet of papyrus
Can be confusedcart carte




Richard d'Oy·ly [doi-lee] /ˈdɔɪ li/. D'Oyly Carte, Richard.

à la carte

[ah luh kahrt, al-uh; French a la kart]

adjective, adverb

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for carte

food, cuisine, card, table, spread, carte

Examples from the Web for carte

Contemporary Examples of carte

Historical Examples of carte

  • But he knew what he was talking about, and they had given him carte blanche.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Remember you have carte blanche to come here whenever you choose.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

  • Since he could not remain, he has left us a carte visite of rarest clarity and beauty.

    Adventures in the Arts

    Marsden Hartley

  • Sir Carte was astonished with his Grace's knowledge, and sympathised with his Grace's feelings.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • "I will take you round to the Club and get your carte," he suggested.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for carte



a variant spelling of quarte



à la carte

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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