à la carte

adverb or adjective
\ ˌä-lə-ˈkärt How to pronounce à la carte (audio) , ˌa-lə- \
variants: or less commonly a la carte

Definition of à la carte

: according to a menu or list that prices items separately

Examples of à la carte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What does YouTube say to those consumers who want a la carte, and more choice over their bundles? Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Cutting the cord: What now, after YouTube TV's price increase?," 3 July 2020 The a la carte model allows individual students to take one or more courses entirely online with an online teacher of record, while continuing to access the regular curriculum. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what school might look like in the Milwaukee area when it returns this fall," 3 July 2020 Customers also can order from a limited a la carte menu, and the brunch menu will be available June 20-21. Dallas News, "Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants offering Father’s Day specials," 13 June 2020 Customize Malatang also serves a la carte dishes and fried skewers, and definitely has a hip vibe with mostly young Asian Americans as clientele. Momo Chang, SFChronicle.com, "The malatang restaurant trend hit the Bay Area. Then came the coronavirus," 26 June 2020 Phat Eatery's new dim sum menu consists of five offerings available by $15 platters or a la carte. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Katy Asian Town's Phat Eatery celebrating 2 years with $2 deals, new dim sum menu," 18 June 2020 In other cases, buying individual items a la carte may be better for your wallet. Whitson Gordon, Popular Science, "Eight ways to cut down on your monthly subscriptions," 16 June 2020 The downtown spot offers a dine-in a la carte Father’s Day brunch June 20-21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dallas News, "Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants offering Father’s Day specials," 13 June 2020 But one day a white girl named Jenny, who came from an affluent family that owned a funeral home and several pharmacies, walked over to his line and offered to buy him lunch from the a la carte line that served cheeseburgers and fries. Nicquel Terry Ellis, USA TODAY, "George Floyd's family lawyer Ben Crump has often been the man beside the mourners," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of à la carte

1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for à la carte

French, by the bill of fare

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The first known use of à la carte was in 1816

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“à la carte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A0%20la%20carte. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of à la carte

: with a separate price for each item on the menu

à la carte

adverb or adjective
\ ˌä-lə-ˈkärt, ˌa-lə- \

Kids Definition of à la carte

: with a separate price for each item on the menu an à la carte dinner

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