- appearance, form, or disposition taken by a thing, or by one of its essential properties or attributes.
- (in the philosophy of Spinoza) one of the nonessential qualifications of God, contingent upon other modes.Compare attribute(def 9).
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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 mode
If Hugh Jackman is totally heterosexual, his mode is a confusing—and not in a good, rad way—butch-camp.
Why did it feel important to you to have Rick shift into this mode where he can readily access his brutality?
Belfort, not knowing they were time-release ludes, pops loads of them, and when they kick in, he enters “cerebral palsy” mode.Why Leonardo DiCaprio, Who Wows in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ Deserves to (Finally) Win An Oscar|Marlow Stern|February 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was through these explorations that he began capturing himself, just not in “selfie” mode.Photographer Kyle Thompson Elevates the ‘Selfie’ to Self-Portraiture|Justin Jones|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After completing the campaign, an “Extinction” mode opens up.‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Review: The Juggernaut Franchise Might Be Drying Up|Alec Kubas-Meyer|November 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It will not be easy to imagine any third mode materially different, which could rationally be proposed.The Federalist Papers|Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
But it is precisely here that the peculiarity of St. John's mode of thought comes in.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Revelation|William Milligan
The mode in which he escaped will show you his perfect self-possession.
But his mode of living was by no means puritanical, and Haddon was kept up in its traditional lavish style.Nooks and Corners of Old England|Allan Fea
One mode of persuasion their ingenuity has suggested, which it may, perhaps, be less easy to resist.The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6|Samuel Johnson
- any of the various scales of notes within one octave, esp any of the twelve natural diatonic scales taken in ascending order used in plainsong, folk song, and art music until 1600
- (in the music of classical Greece) any of the descending diatonic scales from which the liturgical modes evolved
- either of the two main scale systems in music since 1600major mode; minor mode
Word Origin for mode
à la mode
Word Origin for à la mode
"manner," late 14c., "kind of musical scale," from Latin modus "measure, extent, quantity; proper measure, rhythm, song; a way, manner, fashion, style" (in Late Latin also "mood" in grammar and logic), from PIE root *med- "to measure, limit, consider, advise, take appropriate measures" (see medical). Meaning "manner in which a thing is done" first recorded 1660s.
"current fashion," 1640s, from French mode "manner, fashion, style" (15c.), from Latin modus "manner" (see mode (n.1)).
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.