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"à la carte" in British English

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à la carteadjective [before noun], adverb

uk   /ˌæl.əˈkɑːt/  us   /-ˈkɑːrt/
If you ​eat à la carte, you ​choose each ​dish from a ​separatelistinstead of ​eating a ​fixedcombination of ​dishes at a ​fixedprice: 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)

"à la carte" in American English

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à la carteadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˌɑ lə ˈkɑrt, ˌæl·ə-/
choosingseparatefoods in a ​restaurantrather than having a ​completemeal: 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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