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Definition of à la carte adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


à la carte

adjective, adverb
NAmE//ˌɑ lə ˈkɑrt//
, NAmE//ˌæ lə‑//
(from French)
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if food in a restaurant is à la carte, or if you eat à la carte, you choose from a list of dishes that have separate prices, rather than having a complete meal at a fixed price There is an excellent à la carte restaurant for hotel residents. It was more expensive to eat à la carte.
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