à la carte

adverb or adjective
\ ˌä-lə-ˈkärt, ˌa-lə-\
variants: or less commonly a la carte

Definition of à la carte

: according to a menu or list that prices items separately

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But the deal also will mean more of the same: bigger—not cheaper—packages of entertainment rather than the a la carte, pay-as-you-go custom content that many customers have long desired. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why You Will See Bigger, Not Cheaper, Cable Bundles," 13 June 2018 Free admission, priced a la carte. 4:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "5 things to eat, drink, do this weekend," 1 Mar. 2018 Choose from one of the set menus or order a la carte. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Places for Sushi in Tokyo," 27 Feb. 2018 Dinner specials include a variety of a la carte seafood and steak options. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "Father's Day dining specials on the menu in the Baltimore area," 11 June 2018 What if, for that matter, fast food offered an a la carte tapas menu? Rachel Sugar, Vox, "The New York Times discovers French fries aren’t healthy — and also proposes an unexpectedly brilliant solution.," 29 Nov. 2018 An a la carte menu is also available, beginning at $2. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Endiro Coffee in Aurora," 6 July 2018 The bank’s treasury management services extend that list with impressive a la carte business offerings. Houston Chronicle, "Houston bank puts its money where its mouth is," 18 May 2018 What this means for you: Contrary to our original impression, the starting-price versions of the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 are available a la carte, not tied to a bundle with a higher total price. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The $999 Surface Laptop 2 is available, but good luck finding it," 4 Oct. 2018

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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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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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