[men-yoo, mey-nyoo]


a list of the dishes served at a meal; bill of fare: Ask the waiter for a menu.
the dishes served.
any list or set of items, activities, etc., from which to choose: What's on the menu this weekend—golf, tennis, swimming?
Digital Technology. a list of options available to a user, as displayed on a screen.

Origin of menu

1650–60; < French: detailed list, noun use of menu small, detailed < Latin minūtus minute2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for menus

food, cuisine, card, table, spread, carte

Examples from the Web for menus

Contemporary Examples of menus

Historical Examples of menus

  • I will furnish the capital, and keep the accounts and help you plan the daily menus.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • With other unique ideas for menus, together with toasts and stories.

  • He made it a point to select things that were not on the menus of the hotels in Honduras.

    The Brand of Silence

    Harrington Strong

  • She did wonders with those apples and they added a big variety to our menus.

    One Way Out

    William Carleton

  • She would have to be hurrying to get her menus back on time.


    George Looms

British Dictionary definitions for menus



a list of dishes served at a meal or that can be ordered in a restaurant
a list of options displayed on a visual display unit from which the operator selects an action to be carried out by positioning the cursor or by depressing the appropriate key

Word Origin for menu

C19: from French menu small, detailed (list), from Latin minūtus minute ²
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 menus



1837, from French menu de repas "list of what is served at a meal," from Middle French menu (adj.) "small, detailed" (11c.), from Latin minutus "small," literally "made smaller," past participle of minuere "to diminish," from root of minus "to diminish" (see minus). Computer usage is from 1967, from expanded sense of "any detailed list," first attested 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper