A menu outside of an Italian restaurant.
- An example of menu is a list of food available in an Italian restaurant.
- An example of menu is a list of television channels.
- a detailed list of the foods served at a meal or of the foods available at a restaurant; bill of fare
- the foods served
- a list, displayed as on a computer video screen, of the various operations or options available for selection by the user
Origin of menuFr, small, detailed from Classical Latin minutus: see minute
- A list of the dishes to be served or available for a meal.
- The dishes served or available at a meal.
- A list of available options, especially as displayed on a screen.
Origin of menuFrench small, minute, menu from Old French menut small from Latin minūtus past participle of minuere to diminish ; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.Word History: Menu can be traced back to the Latin word minūtus, meaning “small in size, amount, or degree” and also “possessing or involving minute knowledge.” Latin minūtus became Old French menut and Modern French menu, “small, fine, trifling, minute.” The French adjective came to be used as a noun with the senses “detail, details collectively,” and “detailed list.” As such, it was used in the phrase menu de repas, “list of items of a meal,” which then was shortened to just menu. The French word was then borrowed into English in the 1800s.
- The details of the food to be served at a banquet; a bill of fare.
- A printed list of dishes offered in a restaurant.
- (computing) A list from which the user may select an operation to be performed, often done with a mouse or other pointing device under a graphical user interface, but usually also controllable from the keyboard.
menu - Computer Definition
An on-screen list of available actions a user can perform in a software program. Menu titles may appear as text, icons or both, and selection is made by clicking or tapping the title and selecting from the list. The Disappearing Menu In order to keep making software "slicker," many applications today eliminate the familiar row of menu items that were common years ago. The user has to click an icon to display a hidden menu and then make a selection. See menu bar, menu pane, pull-down menu and Lotus menu.