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carte blanche

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noun \ˈkärt-ˈbläⁿsh, -ˈblänch\

Simple Definition of carte blanche

  • : permission to do something in any way you choose to do it

Full Definition of carte blanche

plural cartes blanches \ˈkärt(s)-\

  1. :  full discretionary power <was given carte blanche to furnish the house>

Examples of carte blanche

  1. We gave the decorator carte blanche to furnish the house.



Origin of carte blanche

French, literally, blank document


First Known Use: 1751

Rhymes with carte blanche


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