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  • noun literally A menu for the selections available at a restaurant serving Chinese food.
  • noun A set of choices from which the user or customer makes multiple selections, specifically one or more choice from each of two or more distinct categories.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

The origin of the second sense is from the practice of some Chinese restaurants which — for a fixed price — instruct the customer to make selections such as "one from Column A, two from Column B, one from Column C", where the columns may contain, for example, a selection of soups, appetizers, and entrees.


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