à la mode
[ah luh mohd, al-uh-; French a la mawd]
- in or according to the fashion.
- (of pie or other dessert) served with a portion of ice cream, often as a topping: apple pie à la mode.
- (of beef) larded and braised or stewed with vegetables, herbs, etc., and served with a rich brown gravy.
Also a la mode, alamode.
Origin of à la mode
Borrowed into English from French around 1640–50
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Examples from the Web for a la mode
French a-la-mode beef, or beef a-la-daube, is prepared as above, but stewed slowly all night in lard.Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book
I was conducted to a very handsome apartment, and my health enquired after by the vizier's secretary, 'a-la-mode Turque!'Life of Lord Byron, Vol. I. (of VI.)
It is very good with a-la-mode beef gravy instead of butter.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
à la mode
- fashionable in style, design, etc
- (of meats) braised with vegetables in wine
- mainly US and Canadian (of desserts) served with ice cream
C17: from French: according to the fashion
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Word Origin and History for a la mode
1640s, from French à la mode (15c.), literally "in the fashion" (see mode (n.2)). In 17c., sometimes nativized as all-a-mode. Cookery sense of a dessert served with ice cream is 1903, American English.
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