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

Examples of à la carte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Homemade pastry and desserts, a la carte menu and take-out. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Final week for fish fry dinners in Greater Cleveland: Nonprofit guide," 2 Apr. 2021 Goodies like carrot cake and corn pudding available a la carte. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore-area restaurants offering Easter or Passover dining, takeout," 1 Apr. 2021 The Happ Inn provides its Passover fare for dine-in and carryout this year, with all items served a la carte. Holly Baumbach, chicagotribune.com, "11 Passover restaurant specials and takeout kits in the Chicago area, from a Bitter Herb cocktail to Brussels sprout latkes," 25 Mar. 2021 At the start of the pandemic, Nodoguro owners Ryan and Elena Roadhouse opened Tonari (2838 S.E. Belmont St.), an Okinawan cafe with tonguekatsu sliders and an outrageously good purple potato salad, all available a la carte. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Fueled by viral TikTok trends, downtown Portland’s Toki is a new destination from the Han Oak team: Takeout diaries," 20 Mar. 2021 There will also be Passover specials available a la carte for dine-in. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "The best Passover and Easter restaurant specials," 17 Mar. 2021 Rancho Valencia Resort will serve Easter brunch and lunch menus on April 4, including a three-course brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a la carte lunch from 1 to 3 p.m. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Easter 2021: Hop to these 22 San Diego County restaurants for brunch or dinner," 26 Mar. 2021 Less extravagant brunch-goers can also get the frittata ($19.75 for two) and French toast ($12.99) a la carte. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "15 Bay Area restaurants serving Easter specials, from brunch spreads to roast lamb," 26 Mar. 2021 Both the Boston and Winchester locations of Lucia (415 Hanover St. and 13 Mt. Vernon St.) offer full takeout or dine-in a la carte Easter menus, with antipasto, lasagna, risotto, lamb, and more. BostonGlobe.com, "Free sandwiches after COVID-19 vaccines, Easter specials, and more," 25 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of à la carte was in 1816

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12 Apr 2021

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“à la carte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A0%20la%20carte. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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