Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

à la

or a la

[ah lah, ah luh; French a la]
See more synonyms for à la on Thesaurus.com
preposition
  1. according to; in the manner of: a short poem à la Ogden Nash.
  2. Cookery.
    1. prepared in the manner of, to the taste of, or by: chicken à la provençale.
    2. prepared with the ingredient of.
Show More

Origin of à la

1580–90; < French: short for à la mode de in the style of
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for a la

Historical Examples

  • Because it served to neutralize Russia as a potential, backdoor combatant, a-la Vietnam.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Here friend Felix made most energetic signs, a-la Grimaldi, that he wanted some food and drink.


British Dictionary definitions for a la

à la

preposition
  1. in the manner or style of
  2. as prepared in (a particular place) or by or for (a particular person)
Show More

Word Origin

C17: from French, short for à la mode de in the style of
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

from French à la, "in the manner of;" used in English in French terms from fashion or cookery since late 16c.; used in native formations with English words or names from c.1800 (first attested in Jane Austen).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with a la

à 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.

Show More
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.