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à la mode

[ah luh mohd, al-uh-; French a la mawd] /ˌɑ lə ˈmoʊd, ˌæl ə-; French a la ˈmɔd/
adjective
1.
in or according to the fashion.
2.
Cookery.
  1. (of pie or other dessert) served with a portion of ice cream, often as a topping:
    apple pie à la mode.
  2. (of beef) larded and braised or stewed with vegetables, herbs, etc., and served with a rich brown gravy.
Also, a la mode, alamode.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < French
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British Dictionary definitions for la mode

à la mode

/ɑː lɑː ˈməʊd; æ lə; French a la mɔd/
adjective
1.
fashionable in style, design, etc
2.
(of meats) braised with vegetables in wine
3.
(mainly US & Canadian) (of desserts) served with ice cream
Word Origin
C17: from French: according to the fashion
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Word Origin and History for la mode

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.

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