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carte

[kahrt; French kart]
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noun, plural cartes [kahrts; French kart] /kɑrts; French kart/.
  1. (italics) French. menu; bill of fare.Compare à la carte.
  2. a playing card.
  3. Archaic. a map or chart.
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Origin of carte

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

[kahrt]
noun
  1. Richard d'Oy·ly [doi-lee] /ˈdɔɪ li/. D'Oyly Carte, Richard.
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à la carte

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

foodcuisinecardtablespreadcarte

Examples from the Web for carte

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Historical Examples

  • 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

carte

noun
  1. a variant spelling of quarte
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Carte

noun
  1. See D'Oyly Carte
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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

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.

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