à la carte

[ah luh kahrt, al-uh; French a la kart]
adjective, adverb
with a separate price for each dish offered on the menu: dinner à la carte.

1820–30; < French: according to the menu; see carte

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à la carte (ɑː lɑː ˈkɑːt, æ lə, French a la kart)
adj, —adv
1.  Compare table d'hôte (of a menu or a section of a menu) having dishes listed separately and individually priced
2.  (of a dish) offered on such a menu; not part of a set meal
[C19: from French, literally: according to the card]

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Word Origin & History

a la carte
1826, from Fr. à la carte, lit. "by the card" (see card (n.)); in other words, "ordered by separate items." Distinguished from a table d'hôte, meal served at a fixed, inclusive price.
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Example sentences
The restaurant offers a number of a la carte items, combination plates and
  vegetarian dishes.
Some restaurants found in these high-end areas serve small plates, or tapas, a
  series of a la carte items which diners may share.
The menu has both combination plates and a la carte options.
Diners may choose to order from an a la carte menu or select from a fixed price
  tasting menu.
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