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"à la carte" in British English

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à la carteadjective [before noun], adverb

uk   /ˌælə ˈkɑːt/  us   /ˌɑː lə ˈkɑːrt/
If you eat à la carte, you choose each dish from a separate list instead of eating a fixed combination of dishes at a fixed price: You get more choice if you eat à la carte/from the à la carte menu.
(Definition of à la carte from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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à la carteadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˌɑ lə ˈkɑrt, ˌæl·ə-/
choosing separate foods in a restaurant rather than having a complete meal: You get more choices if you order à la carte.
(Definition of à la carte from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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