\ 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 What if the team could use this YouTube template, offer games a la carte, maybe at just $3 a game for their SNLA feeds? Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Dodgers games on YouTube give fans what Big Cable won’t," 11 Aug. 2019 Grand Opening will have several additional sweet and savory options available a la carte. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Konbi’s mesmerizing Japanese egg sandwiches coming to San Francisco," 23 July 2019 Cost is $100, featuring food and drinks; $15 gets you a movie ticket, with chowder, lobster rolls and drinks available a la carte. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Stone Acres Farm summer events include celebration of Mexican food expert Diana Kennedy," 2 July 2019 The format of the menu will be similar to Boston’s: about 50 dishes a la carte, with two tasting menus of 18 and 22 courses. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s new restaurants: A look at the season’s most exciting openings - The Boston Globe," 11 Sep. 2019 There is also a steakhouse-style roster of roasted meats with your choice of anchovy-caper butter or garlic brown butter, to be paired with a la carte sides (crispy potatoes, steamed and grilled yu choi). Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "A first visit to chef Tiffani Faison’s Orfano," 29 Aug. 2019 The airline isn't abandoning its a la carte model or trying to become the next Delta but is in the midst of a transformation to change travelers' perceptions of the carrier. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Stingy Spirit Airlines adding comfier seats, even in the middle," 9 Sep. 2019 The dessert platter is rightly famous and a la carte items such as coconut parfait with passion fruit ($11) and a chocolate pot ($10.50) with candied peanuts and sesame pocky sticks are different and delicious. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Asian trio on Las Olas — Etaru, Red Door and Sushi Shack," 29 Aug. 2019 Schools are forced to rely more heavily on a la carte items (a sandwich, rather than the full meal with fruits, veggies and milk) to stay solvent. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Why is the USDA downplaying good news about this Obama-era school nutrition program?," 7 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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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of à la carte was in 1816

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English Language Learners Definition of à la carte

: with a separate price for each item on the menu
\ 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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something of little or no value

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