À la carte
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- in reference to a menu of items priced and ordered separately, i.e., the usual operation of restaurants. This is in contrast to a table d'hôte, at which a menu with limited or no choice is served at a fixed price.
- to order an item from the menu on its own, e.g., a steak without the potatoes and vegetables is steak à la carte
- to describe a retail pricing model in which goods or services traditionally bundled together are separated out, putatively giving the consumer greater choice at lower cost. Examples include airline pricing where in-flight drinks or snacks are not complimentary, on-line music purchasing where individual tracks can be bought instead of entire albums, or pay television where individual channels can be ordered rather than a bundle of channels.
- Table d'hôte, the opposite of À la carte
- List of French words and phrases used by English speakers
- Pro rata, a method of billing or other calculation based on proportional usage
- "À la carte". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005.
- Richard Bailey, Eating Words, Michigan Today, 13 May 2008.
- Menu, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Houghton Mifflin
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