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English[]

Alternative forms[]

  • a la carte

Etymology[]

From French à la carte (on the menu; according to the card), see below

Pronunciation[]

  • (UK) IPA: /æ.ləˈkɑː(ɹ)t/, /æ.læˈkɑː(ɹ)t/, SAMPA: /{.l@"kA:(r)t/, /{.l{"kA:(r)t/
    Rhymes: -ɑː(r)t

Adjective[]

à la carte (not comparable)

Positive
à la carte

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (Food and drink) allowing selection from a fixed list of individually priced options shown on the menu
    The restaurant had a huge à la carte menu and four specials that day

Antonyms[]

  • table d'hôte

Adverb[]

à la carte (not comparable)

Positive
à la carte

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. By ordering individually priced items from the menu
    We ate à la carte as that was most economic

Antonyms[]

  • table d'hôte

Dutch[]

Etymology[]

From French, from à 'on' + la 'the' [used with feminine nouns only] + carte 'card, (price)list, menu' (from Latin charta 'papyrus leaf [to write on]', from Ancient Greek)

Adverb[]

À la carte

  1. (Food and drink) allowing selection only from a fixed list of options, typically shown on a menu
  2. (Food and drink) with each dish priced
  3. (by extension) from any longlist of options, or even free choice, as opposed to a shortlist

French[]

Etymology[]

à 'on' + la 'the' + carte 'card, (price)list, menu' (from Latin charta 'papyrus leaf [to write on]', from Ancient Greek)

Pronunciation[]

Adverb[]

à la carte

  1. (Food and drink) allowing selection only from a fixed list of options, typically shown on a menu
  2. (Food and drink) with each dish priced
  3. (by extension) from any longlist of options, or even free choice, as opposed to a shortlist

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