à la mode
- (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.
Origin of à la mode
Examples from the Web for a la mode
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.)|Thomas Moore
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
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
British Dictionary definitions for a la mode
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Word Origin for à la mode
Word Origin and History for a la mode
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.