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(italics) French. menu; bill of fare.
Compare à la carte.
a playing card.
Archaic. a map or chart.
Richard d’Oyly
[doi-lee] /ˈdɔɪ li/ (Show IPA), D’Oyly Carte, Richard.
Contemporary Examples

Is it just something that they have carte blanche to do as they see fit?
NYPD Gives Fox News Special Protection Kelly Knaub November 30, 2011

If overturned, each state would have carte blanche to end access to abortion.
Women, Don’t Be Fooled: Mitt Romney Will End Safe and Legal Abortion Dawn Laguens October 11, 2012

So women seem to have carte blanche to express every hue of their sexuality.
Grant Stoddard: Men Have It Worse Grant Stoddard March 16, 2009

Historical Examples

Her fairy tales are thin, and marred by weak allegory of the “carte de Tendre” kind.
A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 George Saintsbury

But he knew what he was talking about, and they had given him carte blanche.
The Christian Hall Caine

I think, after securing his agent’s services, he left him carte blanche to act as he would.
Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence

Mr. Adams promised Mr. Gallatin carte blanche as to his instructions.
Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens

Mr. Smith would take the carte between his finger and thumb and stare at it.
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Stephen Leacock

They were already seated at a table, Mary holding the carte in her hand.
A Stable for Nightmares J. Sheridan Le Fanu

“I did not mean to offend you; I give you carte blanche to insult mine” (holding out a very minute Russia leather one).
Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton

a variant spelling of quarte
See D’Oyly Carte


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  • Cartel

    an international syndicate, combine, or trust formed especially to regulate prices and output in some field of business. a coalition of political or special-interest groups having a common cause, as to encourage the passage of a certain law. a written agreement between belligerents, especially for the exchange of prisoners. a written challenge to a duel. […]

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    a member of a cartel or an advocate of cartelization. Also, cartelistic [kahr-tl-is-tik, -te-lis-] /ˌkɑr tlˈɪs tɪk, -tɛˈlɪs-/ (Show IPA). of, relating to, or characteristic of a cartel. characterized by or advocating cartelization.

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