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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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 But even the new Sling offering, with its a la carte channel selection, shows dumping the cable bundle can get costly to get access to a wide range of channels. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Sling TV Has Some New Ideas to Woo Cable Cutters," 28 June 2018 Drinks: Pair any brunch entrée with a drink for $15 or order an a la carte cocktail like a paloma ($12) or spicy watermelon margarita ($14). Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "14 new brunches to brighten your Chicago summer," 31 May 2018 Neither are the French fries served by the cafeteria, the ice cream from the a la carte line nor the soda from the vending machine. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "Parenting," 25 Jan. 2012 Priced a la carte, every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 4614 N. Lincoln Ave. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "5 things this weekend: Meet Lidia Bastianich, try 15 restaurants and more to eat, drink, do," 19 Apr. 2018 At DK Sushi — a brand that the Schulsons want to build on — Yanaga will create a menu of a la carte items and sushi boxes that will be made to order as patrons order on touch-screen kiosks. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Double Knot and High Street on Market join Penn Food Hall," 2 Feb. 2018 Madre keeps a base of a la carte signature tacos that anchor the menu, while the rest of the lineup stays in dynamic flux, giving the kitchen staff ample room to take whimsical liberties with the almighty taco. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise’s trendy new taquerias redefine the taco – and diners get to taste the difference," 27 June 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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