carte blanche

noun
\ 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

: 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 Currently, drug makers have carte blanche to set their list prices in the U.S. And then comes the twist. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "About Congress’ New Drug Pricing Legislation: Brainstorm Health," 19 Sep. 2019 The guide gave them carte blanche to update the guide with no policy parameters from the legislative branch. Molly K. Olson, Twin Cities, "Molly K. Olson: Minnesota Legislature can and should do more to protect a child’s relationship with both parents," 29 Sep. 2019 The British luxury carmaker best known as the brand of choice for fictional spy character James Bond is no longer receiving carte blanche from investors. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, "Aston Martin Went Public a Year Ago—and Then the Wheels Fell Off," 26 Sep. 2019 Rosenstein’s passivity gave Mueller’s staff carte blanche to investigate obstruction under their ever-elastic theory. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "How Mueller’s Lawyers Spun the OLC Guidance on Indicting a Sitting President," 28 July 2019 Bhojwani figures that gives him carte blanche to innovate. National Geographic, "Here’s why every foodie you know is heading to Peru," 19 July 2019 Smaller towns such as Reyhanli became in effect rear-guard bases for rebel factions, which were given carte blanche (as well as armed support) to regularly traverse the border to fight the loyalist forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Umar Farooq, Los Angeles Times, "Anti-refugee sentiment grows in Turkey as government begins to send Syrians back," 25 July 2019 Elton John himself signed off on Martin’s involvement, giving Martin carte blanche to reconstruct his music at will. Allegra Frank, Vox, "Rocketman’s music director explains why you shouldn’t compare it to Bohemian Rhapsody," 17 June 2019 If one of those investors was a car or liquor company, does that give them carte blanche to use these songs in their advertisements? Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Behind the Meteoric Rise of Merck Mercuriadis' Hipgnosis and Why He'd Like to 'Abolish the Word Publishing': Q&A," 6 June 2019

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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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27 Nov 2019

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“Carte blanche.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carte%20blanche. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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carte blanche

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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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