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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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 Just for Father's Day get a special 20-ounce bone-in wagyu New York Strip for $85 a la carte. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to find Father's Day brunch, deals to help you celebrate," 8 June 2018 Sliders are sold a la carte and priced accordingly, ranging from $2.50 to $4 each. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 2018 But these voices are compartmentalized in the usual fashion of contemporary museum design, which tends to an a la carte approach to history. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 Lunch entrees from $6.50, breakfast a la carte options from $2.50. Jim Webster, chicagotribune.com, "In Havre de Grace, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay, a rich maritime history - and ducks, lots of ducks," 27 June 2018 The Lincoln Park restaurant also offers the same dishes a la carte. Samantha Nelson, chicagotribune.com, "Celebrate Bastille Day with dinners, specials and lots of free-flowing rosé," 9 July 2018 Menu is a la carte, unlike Marigold’s tasting menus. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "TALK is chic: Marigold Kitchen partners open restaurant on Walnut St.," 25 June 2018 Some favorites, such as the yellow eye bean stew or the black-lime cod with green pea curry and pickled strawberries, might be featured, but there is also likely to be a dish or two that hasn’t yet made it onto the a la carte menu. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "The 4 best tasting-menu restaurants in the Mission," 17 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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