a la mode

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See also: alamode and à la mode


Pie à la mode

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Unadapted borrowing 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.


  • IPA(key): /ˌɑləˈməʊd/, /ˌæləˈməʊd/


a la mode (not comparable)

  1. Fashionable; in the current style or fashion.
    Synonyms: cool, trendy, classy
  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.


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

  1. In a particular style or fashion.


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]


a la mode

  1. Alternative spelling of à la mode