carte blanche

noun \ ˈkärt-ˈbläⁿsh , -ˈblänch \
Updated on: 15 May 2018
plural cartes blanches play \ˈkärt(s)-\
: full discretionary (see discretion 1a) power
  • was given carte blanche to furnish the house

Examples of carte blanche in a Sentence

  1. We gave the decorator carte blanche to furnish the house.

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Origin and Etymology of carte blanche

French, literally, blank document

CARTE BLANCHE Defined for English Language Learners

carte blanche

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


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