from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Unrestricted power to act at one's own discretion; unconditional authority: gave the contractor carte blanche to modernize the kitchen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Unlimited discretionary power to act; unrestricted authority
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A blank paper, with a person's signature, etc., at the bottom, given to another person, with permission to superscribe what conditions he pleases. Hence: Unconditional terms; unlimited authority.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A blank paper; specifically, a paper duly authenticated with signature, etc., and intrusted to a person to be filled up at his discretion; hence, figuratively, permission or authority in a particular matter, without condition or qualification; unrestricted power to act or decide.
- n. In the game of piquet, a hand without a king, queen, or knave.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. complete freedom or authority to act
French : carte, ticket + blanche, blank.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French carte blanche, referring to a "blank card". (Wiktionary)