or a la
[ ah lah, ah luh; French a la ]
/ ˈɑ lɑ, ˈɑ lə; French a la /
according to; in the manner of: a short poem à la Ogden Nash.
- prepared in the manner of, to the taste of, or by: chicken à la provençale.
- prepared with the ingredient of.
Origin of à la
1580–90; < French: short for à la mode de in the style of
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British Dictionary definitions for a la
/ (ɑː lɑː, æ lə, French a la) /
in the manner or style of
as prepared in (a particular place) or by or for (a particular person)
Word Origin for à la
C17: from French, short for à la mode de in the style of
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Idioms and Phrases with a la
Like, in the manner of, as in He hoped to break all records, à la Babe Ruth. This expression, an abbreviation of the French à la mode de (for “in the manner of”), has been used in English since the late 1500s.
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