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à la

[ah lah, ah luh; French a la] /ˈɑ lɑ, ˈɑ lə; French a la/
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.
Also, a la.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < French: short for à la mode de in the style of
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Examples for à la
  • Dinner selections are served a la carte or as an entree with a side of pasta together with soup, salad and garlic bread.
  • If dining a la carte at the tech buffet is not your idea of a square meal, then skip it.
British Dictionary definitions for à la

à la

/ɑː lɑː; æ lə; French a la/
preposition
1.
in the manner or style of
2.
as prepared in (a particular place) or by or for (a particular person)
Word Origin
C17: from French, short for à la mode de in the style of
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Word Origin and History for à la
a la
from Fr. à la, "in the manner of;" used in Eng. in Fr. terms from fashion or cookery since late 16c.; used in native formations with Eng. words or names from c.1800 (first attested in Jane Austen).
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Idioms and Phrases with 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.
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