Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

carte blanche

play
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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up carte blanche? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 5, 2016

bread traditionally eaten on Shabbat

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift pince-nez kittly-benders duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ