Definition of à la carte in English:

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à la carte

Pronunciation: /ɑː lɑː ˈkɑːt/
/a la ˈkɑːt/
Pronunciation: /a la kaʀt/


(In a restaurant) referring to food that can be ordered as separate items, rather than part of a set meal: an à la carte menu
More 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.


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

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