carte blanche

What is the meaning of carte blanche?

The first word
carte is pronounced like the word cart. The a in blanche is pronounced like the o in hot, pot and cot. The final che sounds like the sh in words like should, shut, and ship. The main stress is on the first syllable of Blanche. As you have probably guessed, the expression comes from French.

When you give someone
cart blanche, you give them total freedom to do whatever they want. It's like giving them a blank cheque. The literal French meaning of carte blanche is blank document. Therefore when you are given carte blanche you are given complete freedom or authority to do whatever you think is right.

Here are a few examples.

• The new Director was given
carte blanche to do what he wanted.

• Rachel was given
carte blanche to remodel the old house.

• Sera was given
carte blanche to hire teachers for the new school.

COURTESY : The Hindu (The National News-Paper) - India

| Next Question| Previous Question| Vocabulary| English Teacher|

English is a unique language which has innumerable great poets and authors from the past as well as the present, who have contributed profusely to its rich heritage. Nonetheless, we can ignore the complexities of the English language which sometimes perplex a reader or even a scholar of this language.

Our team of English Teachers is waiting to answer the questions that you may have regarding the usages and structure of English language.They will answer all types of questions : Grammar,Structure,Etymology,Choice of Words,Prepositions, Pronunciation,Literature etc...

Use the form to submit your questions and they will be answered within 24 hours.

After 24 hours, visit this page and you will find here the answers to your questions.

The answer will be emailed to your email address as soon as it is posted here.

From carte blanche to HOME PAGE