\ ˈmen-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce menu (audio) , ˈmān-\
plural menus

Definition of menu

1a : a list of the dishes that may be ordered (as in a restaurant) or that are to be served (as at a banquet)
b(1) : a comparable list or assortment of offerings a menu of television programs
(2) : a list shown on the display of a computer from which a user can select the operation the computer is to perform
2 : the dishes available for or served at a meal also : the meal itself

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Examples of menu in a Sentence

I'd like to see your lunch menu, please. What's good on the menu today? There are two chicken dishes under eight dollars listed on the menu. a menu of television programs You can save your work by choosing “Save” from the “File” menu.
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Saint Coyote: This restaurant at 135 W. Dimond Blvd. opened in May. Its eclectic menu has dishes that range from chicharrones made with halibut and octopus to eggplant Parmesan and ribs. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Open & Shut: Another Raising Cane’s on its way, a thrift store reopens, plus Froth & Forage set to close," 19 July 2019 The shop will also showcase dishes from its upcoming new menu. Shauna Stuart |,, "Learn to roll ice cream with Comedienne Joy and Homewood’s Lucky Cat Rolled Creams," 18 July 2019 Visitors to their booth could try samosa appetizers, various curries, and chicken biryani - described in their takeout menu as slow cooked fragrant basmati rice with layers of chicken and vegetables. Annie Gentile,, "Farmers Market Welcomes Chompers," 18 July 2019 Its menu posted online has Kentuckiana foodies excited for the prosciutto pizza and a dessert pizza covered in Nutella. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Two Louisville breweries are opening restaurants with the essentials: tacos, pizza, beer," 18 July 2019 What to Eat: Vietnamese restaurants in the Boston area all have their own personalities and specialties, but their menus are often vast and stocked with dishes diners have come to expect. Globe Staff,, "Ban Tôi chef-owner Chieu Nguyen used to run a nail salon. Now he’s doing what he loves.," 18 July 2019 Cheung changes his menu up enough to keep things interesting for his cooks and regulars alike. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Queen’s English brings Hong Kong’s sizzle to Columbia Heights," 17 July 2019 This spring, Brix, the farm-to-table institution, went through a major renovation which included updating its menu and setting a few food trends. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "French pastries! The Bay Area’s 5 best eclairs," 9 July 2019 Start by thinking through your site menu, so visitors can quickly navigate to the proper section. Ken Colburn, azcentral, "Building your own website? This is what you need to know," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of menu

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for menu

French, from menu small, detailed, from Old French — more at minuet

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English Language Learners Definition of menu

: a list of the foods that may be ordered at a restaurant
: the foods that are served at a meal
: a list of things that you can choose from especially, computers : a list shown on a computer from which you make choices to control what the computer does


\ ˈmen-yü How to pronounce menu (audio) \

Kids Definition of menu

1 : a list of dishes that may be ordered in a restaurant
2 : the dishes or kinds of food served at a meal Have you decided on the menu for your party?
3 : a list shown on a computer screen from which a user can select an operation for the computer to perform

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