carte blanche

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

Definition of carte blanche

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

Examples of carte blanche in a Sentence

We gave the decorator carte blanche to furnish the house.
Recent Examples on the Web So Bowman was given carte blanche to ditch the rebuild plan this past summer and make a series of big moves that theoretically would restore the franchise to relevance. Paul Sullivan,, 27 Oct. 2021 This can enable you to empower dev teams to participate in the definition of security rules without giving them carte blanche privileges. Ratan Tipirneni, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 The president’s death, along with the armed forces chief, gave Mr. Bagosora carte blanche to take charge of the military and effectively the government. Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021 In Philip, Titian found a patron willing to give him high fees and creative carte blanche. New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 With respect to children, parents do not have carte blanche. Marci Hamilton And Paul Offit, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 But some prominent pastors have offered others carte blanche to borrow liberally from their work, saying personal glory should never be the point of preaching. New York Times, 6 July 2021 The vaccine is not a carte blanche to go back to the way things were. . . ., 29 July 2021 For example, the Conciergerie, the former palace/prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution, is hosting an exhibit by Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, who was given carte blanche in the monumental space. Washington Post, 23 July 2021

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First Known Use of carte blanche

1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carte blanche

French, literally, blank document

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The first known use of carte blanche was in 1751

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9 Nov 2021

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“Carte blanche.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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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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