What does the word carte mean?

Usage examples for carte

  1. " Call Herman, Jim," he said, then, as the man disappeared, he went on to us, " I have given Herman carte- blanche instructions to conduct a thorough investigation. – Guy Garrick by Arthur B. Reeve
  2. I will give you a carte, and when we meet you shall call upon me for a detail of any or all of its contents. – Records of a Girlhood by Frances Ann Kemble
  3. Simply give me carte blanche in this matter, let me have the materials to work with, afford me the advantage of your advice and assistance whenever I shall need them, and I promise you that by the time we have arrived over the site of New York we shall be prepared for the descent. – The Second Deluge by Garrett P. Serviss