Simple Definition of carte blanche
: permission to do something in any way you choose to do it
Full Definition of carte blancheplural
: full discretionary power <was given carte blanche to furnish the house>
Examples of carte blanche in a sentence
We gave the decorator carte blanche to furnish the house.
Origin and Etymology of carte blanche
French, literally, blank document
First Known Use: 1751
Rhymes with carte blanche
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