ˈmen-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce menu (audio)
plural menus
: a list of the dishes that may be ordered (as in a restaurant) or that are to be served (as at a banquet)
: a comparable list or assortment of offerings
a menu of television programs
: a list shown on the display of a computer from which a user can select the operation the computer is to perform
: the dishes available for or served at a meal
also : the meal itself

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of menu was in 1830

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“Menu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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ˈmen-yü How to pronounce menu (audio)
: a list of dishes served at or available for a meal
also : a similar list of offerings
a menu of TV programs
: the dishes served at a meal
: a list of computer operations shown on the display screen for a user to select from
a menu of printing options

from French menu "a list of food dishes," from menu (adjective) "small, detailed," from Latin minutus "small" — related to minute

Word Origin
Many restaurants boast of having large menus, but the origin of the word menu actually suggests the idea of smallness. The origins of menu can be traced to the Latin adjective minutus, meaning "small." Minutus is also the source of our word minute. From minutus came the French adjective menu, which has several meanings including "small" and "detailed." The use of menu as a noun meaning "a list of food" probably came from the "detailed" sense of the adjective, since a menu is most often a detailed list.

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