- (italics) French. menu; bill of fare.Compare à la carte.
- a playing card.
- Archaic. a map or chart.
Origin of carte
- Richard d'Oy·ly [doi-lee] /ˈdɔɪ li/. D'Oyly Carte, Richard.
à la carte
- with a separate price for each dish offered on the menu: dinner à la carte.
Origin of à la carte
Examples from the Web for carte
If overturned, each state would have carte blanche to end access to abortion.Women, Don’t Be Fooled: Mitt Romney Will End Safe and Legal Abortion
October 12, 2012
Is it just something that they have carte blanche to do as they see fit?NYPD Gives Fox News Special Protection
December 1, 2011
So women seem to have carte blanche to express every hue of their sexuality.Grant Stoddard: Men Have It Worse
March 17, 2009
But he knew what he was talking about, and they had given him carte blanche.The Christian
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
Sir Carte was astonished with his Grace's knowledge, and sympathised with his Grace's feelings.The Young Duke
"I will take you round to the Club and get your carte," he suggested.Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- a variant spelling of quarte
- See D'Oyly Carte
à la carte
- (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 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.