à la

[ah lah, ah luh; French a la]
according to; in the manner of: a short poem à la Ogden Nash.
prepared in the manner of, to the taste of, or by: chicken à la provençale.
prepared with the ingredient of.
Also, a la.

1580–90; < French: short for à la mode de in the style of

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à la (ɑː lɑː, æ lə, French a la)
1.  in the manner or style of
2.  as prepared in (a particular place) or by or for (a particular person)
[C17: from French, short for à la mode de in the style of]

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Word Origin & History

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 & Phrases

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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Example sentences
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.
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