A-la-carte meaning

älə kärt, ălə
With a separate price for each item on the menu.
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By ordering individually priced items from the menu.

We ate à la carte as that was most economic.

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With a separate price for each item on the menu.
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A la carte is defined as ordering individual side dishes instead of an entree selection.

Ordering chips and a pickle instead of getting a whole meal is an example of ordering a la carte.

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(Food and drink) Allowing selection from a fixed list of individually priced options shown on the menu.

The restaurant had a huge à la carte menu and four specials that day.

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Alternative form of à la carte.
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The definition of a la carte is a list of items on a menu which are priced separately.

A baked potato on a menu is an example of an a la carte item.

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Origin of a-la-carte

  • French à la carte by the menu

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French à la carte ("on the menu; according to the card").

    From Wiktionary