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 Nacho Fries will be available a la carte for $1.39 and in a $5 box featuring Nacho Fries, Beefy 5-layer Burrito, a Crunchy Taco and a medium fountain drink. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 21 July 2021 The restaurant fully opens in August, with dinner service Thursday through Sunday, brunch on the weekends and a few a la carte sandwiches for lunch. Sarah Spelling, Vogue, 21 July 2021 New this year, Travelle offers baskets with a focus on a la carte, so guests can pick and choose from menu items like spreads and dips, gourmet sandwiches, savory salads, and delectable sweets. Ali Wunderman, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Tickets are $10 for entry, then brunch plates and drinks are available a la carte. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 16 June 2021 Design District gourmet food hall MIA Market is newly home to Sushi Yasu Tanaka by Masumura, which opened in January with chef’s-choice omakase platters and a la carte sushi. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Of course, the new suite also makes Webex more cost-effective for customers with a 40% discount over the a la carte solution bringing all the different capabilities together. Carolina Milanesi, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The third phase, when the a la carte menu returns, is to be determined, depending on the pandemic's course. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 June 2021 The a la carte street tacos are now served in a plate combo, paired with beans and rice. Carmina Tiscareño, Dallas News, 24 May 2021

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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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29 Jul 2021

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“à la carte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A0%20la%20carte. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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