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

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Flower Farm offers several options for wedding flowers including custom design services, a la carte, and floral buckets. Deborah Hornblow, courant.com, "Boutique Farms: Creative And Resourceful Farmers Find Their Artisanal Niche," 25 June 2019 Choose from the a la carte menu or a $35 three-course pre-fixe. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Father's Day dining specials in the Baltimore area," 12 June 2019 Also expect an a la carte menu at the restaurant coming to 130 E. Washington St., a 12-story office building that was known as the Disciples Center when the major tenant was the Christian Church-Disciples of Christ. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This Japanese restaurant coming to downtown Indy will take you far beyond sushi," 24 Apr. 2019 For those who don't want a huge breakfast or who want an additional bite, the menu has a la carte items all under $4. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Magic City’s Remarkable Diner: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 20 July 2019 Fox and his team offer a la carte items priced between $16 and $24. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Commonwealth to close on Aug. 26: ‘We were having one of our best years’," 17 July 2019 Several Bay Area restaurants, such as San Mateo’s Sichuan Chong Qing Cuisine, have added roasted fish as an a la carte dish, but single-concept restaurants have yet to arrive. Clarissa Wei, San Francisco Chronicle, "How China and Taiwan now transmit food trends to California," 9 Feb. 2018 Fleming’s specializes in a la carte dining, serves high-end steaks, and offers private rooms. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse closes in Woodmere," 1 July 2019 Elsewhere in Denver, there’s another Israeli brunch to check out this summer: Ash’Kara this spring introduced a la carte hummus, breakfast tagine and pastries in the Highland neighborhood. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Hello, breakfast hummus. Safta just added Israeli brunch to its weekend offerings.," 28 June 2019

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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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