à la carte

adverb or adjective

variants or less commonly a la carte
: according to a menu or list that prices items separately

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Along with its a la carte menu, omakase is an option for guests anytime, and is not limited to the sushi counter. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 2 Sep. 2022 The restaurant, which began serving its first guests this week, will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, offering an a la carte menu at lunch and a $95-per-person, seven- to nine-course tasting menu at dinner. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 1 Sep. 2022 Potentially even better are education savings accounts, now statewide in Arizona, allowing for the a la carte purchase of educational services. James Freeman, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 This upscale spot on a remote part of the island offers a tasting menu and a la carte dishes, with many tables providing views of the bay. Stacey Lastoe, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 The 65-seater, which Marathe opened with Stage business partner Andrew Dugard, serves a la carte Indian street food and thali-style entrees, in which small bowls of chutneys, naan, rice, lentils and protein are presented on a large platter. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2022 Home Depot also offsers several a la carte cabinets. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 29 Aug. 2022 The french toast sticks are available four-piece or six-piece a la carte option and in a six-piece combo. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 9 Aug. 2022 Additional items and local delivery are available for a la carte purchase while special items including custom cocktails will be rolled out at a later date. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


French, by the bill of fare

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 6 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

à la carte

adverb or adjective

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

Last Updated: 27 Sep 2022

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