carte

[ kahrt; French kart ]
/ kɑrt; 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

Definition for carte (2 of 3)

Carte

[ kahrt ]
/ kɑrt /

noun

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

Definition for carte (3 of 3)

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.

Origin of à la carte

1820–30; < French: according to the menu; see carte
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British Dictionary definitions for carte (1 of 3)

carte

/ (kɑːt) /

noun

a variant spelling of quarte

British Dictionary definitions for carte (2 of 3)

Carte

/ (kɑːt) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for carte (3 of 3)

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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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.

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