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à la mode

[ah luh mohd, al-uh-; French a la mawd]
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  1. in or according to the fashion.
  2. Cookery.
    1. (of pie or other dessert) served with a portion of ice cream, often as a topping: apple pie à la mode.
    2. (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

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Eliza Leslie

  • I was conducted to a very handsome apartment, and my health enquired after by the vizier's secretary, 'a-la-mode Turque!'

  • It is very good with a-la-mode beef gravy instead of butter.

British Dictionary definitions for a la mode

à la mode

  1. fashionable in style, design, etc
  2. (of meats) braised with vegetables in wine
  3. mainly US and Canadian (of desserts) served with ice cream

Word Origin

C17: from French: according to the fashion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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