carte blanche

noun (1)
\ ˈkärt-ˈblänch How to pronounce carte blanche (audio) , -ˈbläⁿsh How to pronounce carte blanche (audio) \
plural cartes blanches\ ˈkärt(s)-​ˈblänch How to pronounce cartes blanches (audio) , -​ˈbläⁿsh How to pronounce cartes blanches (audio) \

Definition of carte blanche

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: full discretionary (see discretion sense 1a) power was given carte blanche to furnish the house

nuit blanche

French noun phrase
\ nwʸē-bläⁿsh How to pronounce nuit blanche (audio) \

Definition of nuit blanche (Entry 2 of 5)

: white night : a sleepless night

Dent Blanche

geographical name
\ däⁿ-ˈbläⁿsh How to pronounce Dent Blanche (audio) \

Definition of Dent Blanche (Entry 3 of 5)

mountain 14,295 feet (4357 meters) high in the Pennine Alps, southern Switzerland

arme blanche

noun (2)
\ ˈärmˈbläⁿsh, F ȧrməblääⁿsh\
plural armes blanches\ -​m(z)ˈb-​ , F ȧrməblääⁿsh \

Definition of arme blanche (Entry 4 of 5)

: a cutting or thrusting weapon (such as a sword or lance) as distinguished from a firearm

pomme blanche

noun (3)

Definition of pomme blanche (Entry 5 of 5)

Examples of carte blanche in a Sentence

Noun (1)

We gave the decorator carte blanche to furnish the house.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Liberal groups that stood to benefit from state grants for homeowner programs sued, and Mr. Brown argued that the Legislature had given him carte blanche to spend the funds. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California’s Mortgage Raid," 23 Sep. 2018 While states have nearly carte blanche to regulate mining within their borders, the landowners say the legislature was motivated by concern for the safety of uranium processing—not mining. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Judges vs. Telepathists," 6 Nov. 2018 Also, while the statute says the association cannot bar the use (if the facility is available), that does not mean the HOA has to give carte blanche. Kelly G. Richardson,, "HOA Homefront: Is an HOA now a free-speech zone?," 19 May 2018 His pledge to give police carte blanche to kill suspected criminals and arm civilians for self-defense has found support in a country with nearly 64,000 murders last year. Samantha Pearson And Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Antiestablishment Candidate Wins Brazil’s Presidential Race," 28 Oct. 2018 Rod Rosenstein gave carte blanche over this special counsel for Robert Mueller. Fox News, "McCarthy: Mueller is pursuing obstruction case against Trump," 21 Aug. 2018 Lin has had similar creative carte blanche at the 17 previous editions of the festival. George Varga,, "SummerFest music director Cho-Liang 'Jimmy' Lin will bow out with poise and panache," 10 June 2018 The new superbody has carte blanche to rewrite the country’s constitution and expand his executive powers. Alex Ward, Vox, "We need to talk about the fact that Trump seriously considered invading Venezuela," 6 July 2018 Dodd, however, rejected the idea that his bill would give the companies carte blanche to spend money, or straight-jacket the utilities commission. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "California wildfire bill could lead to overspending, group warns," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of carte blanche

Noun (1)

1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carte blanche

Noun (1)

French, literally, blank document

Noun (2)

French, literally, white weapon

Noun (3)

French, white apple

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English Language Learners Definition of carte blanche

: permission to do something in any way you choose to do it

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