- 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 menu
French 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.
Borrowing from French menu.