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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Although food and drink are not included, a view of the fight is, and, of course, a la carte options will be available, which beats ponying up for PPV and having to cook your own food. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 24 Aug. 2017 The Provisions, meanwhile, is equally delicious, with an a la carte menu of casual dishes (pizzas, small plates, desserts) in a more relaxed setting. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 2018 The fries with Mexican seasoning that come with a side of nacho cheese dipping sauce are $1.29 for a la carte, $2.49 for Supreme and $3.49 for Bell Grande. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Fry Day is Friday! Where to score free french fries and deals," 12 July 2018 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

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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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