Definition of à la carte in English:

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à la carte

Pronunciation: /ˌä lä ˈkärt/
Pronunciation: /ˌä lə ˈkärt/


(Of a menu or restaurant) listing or serving food that can be ordered as separate items, rather than part of a set meal.
Example sentences
  • This is our A La Carte menu: you can select as many items as you need.
  • Minimum A La Carte order for delivery is two meals
  • After a two-year hiatus, Avon Old Farms Inn restaurant has brought back its a la carte menus for lunch and dinner, and has resurrected its Sunday brunch.


As separately priced items from a menu, not as part of a set meal: wine and good food served à la carte
More example sentences
  • In a Japanese restaurant in the U.S., many dishes may be ordered as "appetizers" to indicate that they are served "a la carte" -- not as a full meal. For example, a 'shrimp tempura appetizer' is just the tempura, no rice, no soup, etc
  • These are the domain of those who want to eat Sushi, a la Carte
  • Served with green beans almondine. Available a la carte.


Early 19th century: French, literally 'according to the (menu) card'.

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Syllabification: à la carte

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