carte blanche

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noun \ˈkärt-ˈbläⁿsh, -ˈblänch\

Definition of carte blanche

plural

cartes blanches

\ˈkärt(s)-\
  1. :  full discretionary 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.

Origin and Etymology of carte blanche

French, literally, blank document


First Known Use: 1751


CARTE BLANCHE Defined for English Language Learners

carte blanche

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noun \ˈkärt-ˈbläⁿsh, -ˈblänch\

Definition of carte blanche for English Language Learners

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


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