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carte blanche

Definition:

complete freedom or authority to act

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Plural:

cartes blanches

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

late 17th century: French, literally "blank paper" (i.e. a blank sheet on which ...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

carte blanche [French]

complete discretion or authority | [cards] a piquet hand containing no court cards: scoring ten points (15 of 474 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/carte-blanche

Wikipedia:

Carte blanche [disambiguation]

may refer to: Blank cheque, a cheque that has no numerical value entered, but is already signed | Full Powers, term in international law referring to the authority of a person to sign a treaty or convention on behalf of a sovereign state | Carte... (43 of 272 words, 16 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

carte blanche

complete freedom to act as one wishes | [game of piquet] a hand containing no court cards as dealt. (18 of 75 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/carte-blanche

Random House Dictionary:

carte blanche | cartes blanches [plural]

unconditional authority; full discretionary power. | a sheet of paper that is blank except for a signature and given by the signer to another person ... (24 of 70 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/carte-blanche

Merriam-Webster:

carte blanche | cartes blanches [plural]

full discretionary power (3 of 53 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/carte blanche

Wiktionary:

carte blanche | cartes blanches [plural] | proxy in blank [synonym] | blank check [synonym]

Unlimited discretionary power to act; unrestricted authority (7 of 43 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/carte blanche

American Heritage Dictionary:

carte blanche | cartes blanches [plural]

Unrestricted power to act at one's own discretion; unconditional authority (10 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/carte-blanche

Macmillan British Dictionary:

carte blanche [uncountable]

the freedom to do what you want in a particular situation (11 of 39 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/carte-blanche

New World Dictionary:

carte blanche

full authority | freedom to do as one wishes (8 of 34 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/carte-blanche

Cambridge Dictionary:

carte blanche

complete freedom to do something (5 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/carte-blanche

Britannica Encyclopedia:

dominance [genetics]

in genetics, greater influence by one of a pair of genes that affect the same inherited character. If an individual pea plant with the alleles T and t ... (28 of 159 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/168625​/dominance

Encarta Dictionary:

carte blanche

permission or authority given to somebody to act with freedom or discretion (12 of 43 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595176​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

carte blanche

Origin: late 17th century: French, literally "blank paper" (i.e. a blank sheet on which to write whatever one wishes, particularly one's own terms for an ... (24 of 25 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/carte-blanche

Online Etymology:

carte blanche

First use: 1707

Origin: blank paper, from French, literally "white paper" (see "card" (Noun)); figurative sense of "full discretionary power" is from 1766.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=carte blanche

New World Dictionary:

carte blanche

Origin: French, literally, white card, that is, paper bearing only a person's signature, allowing the bearer to fill in conditions

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/carte-blanche

Wiktionary:

carte blanche | cartes blanches [plural]

Origin: Borrowing from French carte blanche, referring to a "blank card".

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/carte blanche

Collins Dictionary:

carte blanche [French]

First use: 18th century

Origin: from French: blank paper

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/carte-blanche

Merriam-Webster:

carte blanche | cartes blanches [plural]

First use: 1751

Origin: French, literally, blank document

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/carte blanche

American Heritage Dictionary:

carte blanche | cartes blanches [plural]

Origin: French: carte, ticket + blanche, blank.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/carte-blanche

Encarta Dictionary:

carte blanche

Origin: French, "white card"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595176​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

carte blanche [French]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "carte blanche"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/carte-blanche

Macmillan British Dictionary:

carte blanche [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "carte blanche"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/carte-blanche

Macmillan American Dictionary:

carte blanche [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "carte blanche"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/carte-blanche

Cambridge Dictionary:

carte blanche

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "carte blanche"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "carte blanche"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/carte-blanche

Google Dictionary:

carte blanche

Audio: English pronunciation of "carte blanche"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

carte blanche

Audio: North American pronunciation of "carte blanche"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=carte 01 word=carte blanche

YourDictionary Audio:

carte blanche

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "carte blanche" by speech synthesizer

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the Free Dictionary:

carte blanche

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "carte blanche" by speech synthesizer

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