Definition of à la carte in English:

à la carte

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

adjective

  • (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’
    • ‘This is our A La Carte menu: you can select as many items as you need.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Minimum A La Carte order for delivery is two meals’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

à la carte

/a la ˈkɑːt//ɑː lɑː ˈkɑːt/