a la mode

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See also: alamode and à la mode

English[edit]

Pie à la mode

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Etymology[edit]

From French à la mode (in fashion). The US sense was coined by polyglot restaurant owner John Gieriet in Minnesota in the 1800s though later attributed to Berry Hall and Charles Watson Townsend.

Adjective[edit]

a la mode (not comparable)

  1. Fashionable; in the current style or fashion.
  2. (US) Served with ice cream.
    Our pie a la mode has a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
    • November 1959, "Martin Bunn", Popular Science, Gus Pulls a Switch:
      With a bowl of beef stew, apple pie a la mode, and two cups of coffee under his belt, Gus Wilson walked leisurely back to the Model Garage.
  3. Of beef: larded and stewed with vegetables.

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Adverb[edit]

a la mode (comparative more a la mode, superlative most a la mode)

  1. In a particular style or fashion.

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Etymology[edit]

From French à la mode (in fashion), first part from French à la (in the style or manner of), short for à la mode (in fashion), first part from French à (to, on, in), from Middle French [Term?], from Old French a (to, towards, belonging to), from Latin ad (to, towards, up to, at), from Proto-Italic *ad (toward, to, on, up to, for), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éd (to, at) + middle part from French la (the), from Middle French la (the), from Old French la (the), from Latin illam (that, those), which is the accusative singular feminine of ille (that, those), from Old Latin olle (he, that), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ol-no- or *h₂l̥-no-, from *h₂el- (beyond, other). Last part from French mode (fashion, trend), from Middle French mode, from Old French mode f, from Latin modus m (measure, manner; bound, mood), from Proto-Italic *modōs, from Proto-Indo-European *mod-ōs (measure), from *med- (to measure).

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Adverb[edit]

a la mode

  1. Alternative spelling of à la mode