à la carte

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French à la carte (on the menu; according to the card).

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Adjective[edit]

à la carte (not comparable)

  1. (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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à la carte (not comparable)

  1. By ordering individually priced items from the menu.
    • 1925-29, Mahadev Desai (translator), M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Part I, chapter xvii[1]:
      There were two divisions in the restaurants I used to visit. One division, which was patronized by fairly well-to-do people, provided any number of courses from which one chose and paid for à la carte, each dinner thus costing from one to two shillings. The other division provided six-penny dinners of three courses with a slice of bread. In my days of strict frugality I usually dined in the second division.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French à la carte (on the menu; according to the card).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adverb[edit]

à la carte

  1. (Food and drink) allowing selection only from a fixed list of options, typically shown on a menu
  2. (Food and drink) with each dish priced
  3. (by extension) from any longlist of options, or even free choice, as opposed to a shortlist

French[edit]

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à la carte

  1. (Food and drink) allowing selection only from a fixed list of options, typically shown on a menu
  2. (Food and drink) with each dish priced
  3. (by extension) from any longlist of options, or even free choice, as opposed to a shortlist

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French à la carte (on the menu; according to the card). First part from French à la (in the style or manner of), short for à la mode (in fashion), first part from French à (to, on, in), from Middle French [Term?], from Old French a (to, towards, belonging to), from Latin ad (to, towards, up to, at), from Proto-Italic *ad (toward, to, on, up to, for), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éd (to, at). Last part from French la (the), from Middle French la (the), from Old French la (the), from Latin illam (that, those), which is the accusative singular feminine of ille (that, those), from Old Latin olle (he, that), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ol-no- or *h₂l̥-no-, from *h₂el- (beyond, other). Last part from French carte (card, chart; map, menu), from Latin charta (paper, poem, map), from Ancient Greek χάρτης (khártēs, (sheet of) paper, book), possibly from χαράσσω (kharássō, to sharpen, engrave, carve, write), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer- (to scratch).

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Noun[edit]

à la carte m (definite singular à la carten or a la carten, indefinite plural à la carter or a la carter, definite plural à la cartene or a la cartene)

  1. (cooking) à la carte, allowing selection only from a fixed list of options, typically shown on a menu
    • 1968, Arbeider-Avisa:
      a la carten ser likedan [ut] år ut og år inn
      the a la carte looks the same year in and year out
    • 1972, Gunnar Brinck and Harry Sjøgren, Guide til Europas natteliv, page 134:
      det er billigere å bestille dagens meny, som som regel består av fire retter, enn a la carte
      it is cheaper to order the menu of the day, which usually consists of four dishes, than a la carte
    • 2005, Tove Nilsen, Skrivefest:
      det var hvite duker og bukkende kelnere og à la carte på spansk
      there were white tablecloths and bowing waiters and à la carte in Spanish
    det ble servert en storslagen à la cartemiddag
    a great à la carte dinner was served

Adverb[edit]

à la carte

  1. (cooking) à la carte, allowing selection only from a fixed list of options, typically shown on a menu
    • 1926, Alf B. Bryn, Peter van Heeren gjør hvad der falder ham ind, page 95:
      jeg [skal] ærlig tilstaa at jeg foretrækker at spise à la carte
      I [must] honestly admit that I prefer to eat à la carte
    • 2015 April 18, Dagens Næringsliv:
      gjestene [på restauranten] kan selv velge om de vil spise à la carte eller hive seg på dagens seksretter til 745 kroner
      the guests [at the restaurant] can choose whether they want to eat à la carte or indulge in today's six-course meal for 745 kroner
    spise à la carte
    eating à la carte
  2. (cooking) with each dish priced
  3. (figuratively) from any longlist of options, or even free choice, as opposed to a shortlist
    • 1975, Kirke og kultur:
      et nær sagt fullstendig à la carte-tilbud i alle studieretninger som faller inn under det videregående skoleverk
      an almost complete à la carte offering in all fields of study that falls under the high school system
    • 2015 March 6, Morgenbladet:
      det [er] heller ikke å anbefale at Norge boikotter deler av EMDs [dvs. Den europeiske menneskerettighetsdomstolens] praksis: en slik a la carte-strategi kan gi inspirasjon til at også andre land unnlater å gjennomføre dommer de ikke liker
      nor is it recommended that Norway boycott parts of the EMDs [ie The case law of the European Court of Human Rights: such an a la carte strategy may inspire other countries to refrain from enforcing sentences they do not like

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French à la carte (on the menu; according to the card).

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Adverb[edit]

à la carte (not comparable)

  1. (Food and drink) à la carte