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Princeton's WordNet

  1. a la carte(adj)

    a menu having individual dishes listed with separate prices

  2. a la carte(adverb)

    (of a restaurant meal) having unlimited choices with a separate price for each item

  3. a la carte(adverb)

    by ordering items listed individually on a menu

    "we ate a la carte"

Wiktionary

  1. a la carte(Adverb)

    Normal spelling of u00E0 la carte; on the menu.

Freebase

  1. À la carte food

    À la carte is a French language loan phrase meaning "according to the menu", and used in reference to a menu of items priced and ordered separately, i.e. the usual operation of restaurants. This is in contrast to a table d'hôte, at which a menu with limited or no choice is served at a fixed price. to order an item from the menu on its own, e.g. a steak without the potatoes and vegetables is steak à la carte to describe a retail pricing model in which goods or services traditionally bundled together are separated out, putatively giving the consumer greater choice at lower cost. Examples include airline pricing where in-flight drinks or snacks are not complimentary, on-line music purchasing where individual tracks can be bought instead of entire albums, or pay television where individual channels can be ordered rather than a bundle of channels. The phrase was adopted into English in 1826, predating by a decade the common use of the French language loanword "menu".

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