menu

[men-yoo, mey-nyoo]
noun
1.
a list of the dishes served at a meal; bill of fare: Ask the waiter for a menu.
2.
the dishes served.
3.
any list or set of items, activities, etc., from which to choose: What's on the menu this weekend—golf, tennis, swimming?
4.
Computers. a list of options available to a user, as displayed on a CRT or other type of screen.

Origin:
1650–60; < French: detailed list, noun use of menu small, detailed < Latin minūtus minute2

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menu (ˈmɛnjuː)
 
n
1.  a list of dishes served at a meal or that can be ordered in a restaurant
2.  a list of options displayed on a visual display unit from which the operator selects an action to be carried out by positioning the cursor or by depressing the appropriate key
 
[C19: from French menu small, detailed (list), from Latin minūtusminute²]

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menu
1837, from Fr. menu de repas "list of what is served at a meal," from M.Fr. menu (adj.) "small, detailed," from L. minutus "small," lit. "made smaller," pp. of minuere "to diminish," from root of minus (see minus). Computer usage is from 1971, from expanded sense of "any detailed
list," first attested 1889.
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menu definition

operating system
A list from which the user may select an operation to be performed. This is often done with a mouse or other pointing device under a graphical user interface but may also be controlled from the keyboard.
Menus are very convenient for beginners because they show what commands are available and make experimentating with a new program easy, often reducing the need for user documentation. Experienced users however, often prefer keyboard commands, especially for frequently user operations, because they are faster to use. In situations such as text entry where the keyboard must be used anyway, having to move your hand to the mouse to invoke a menu operation is slow.
There are many different ways of presenting menus but the most common are the menu bar (with pull-down menus) and the context-sensitive menu.
The term "menu" tends to be reserved for a list of actions or global options, whereas a "list box" or other graphical widget might present any kind of choice.
See also menuitis.
(1994-12-02)
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Example sentences
We instinctively know to wait for a table, sit down, look at the menu and then order our food.
The original menu had been retained, and the food was neither good nor bad.
His father held the menu in one hand and his newly prescribed list of dietary restrictions in the other.
There's not much to choose from on the menu, but plenty of information.
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