à la carte


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
à la carte or a la carte/ˌɑ lɑ ˈkɑrt, ˌæ lə/USA pronunciation  adv., adj. 
  • Foodfrom or according to a menu having a separate price for each item:We ordered à la carte. Everything is à la carte.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
    à la carte  (ä′ lə kärt, al′ə; Fr. a la kart),USA pronunciation 
  • with a separate price for each dish offered on the menu:dinner à la carte.Cf. prix fixe, table d'hôte.
    • French: according to the menu; see carte2
    • 1820–30

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    à la carte /ɑː lɑː ˈkɑːt; æ lə; French: a la kart/ adj , adv
    1. (of a menu or a section of a menu) having dishes listed separately and individually priced
      Compare table d'hôte
    Etymology: 19th Century: from French, literally: according to the card
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