Definition of à la mode in English:

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à la mode

Pronunciation: /ˌä lä ˈmōd/

adverb& adjective

1In fashion; up to date.
Example sentences
  • Pie was "a la mode" as commercial pie manufacturers trekked to Celebration, Fla., in April for the 2005 American Pie Council's (APC)/Crisco National Pie Championships, held in conjunction with the Great American Pie Festival.
  • Rumors a la mode: Just a few things I've heard bouncing around...
  • HOME A LA MODE. For the Grendene family, life at home is a fashionable affair that will never go out style.
2North American Served with ice cream.
Example sentences
  • Brownies a la mode. Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on each serving.
  • Fudgy casserole a la mode. Spoon into individual dishes and serve warm with ice cream.
  • Pineapple a la mode. Place a scoop of ice cream, or yogurt in pineapple shell. Spoon pineapple pieces over ice cream and serve immediately.
3(Of beef) braised in wine, typically with vegetables.
Example sentences
  • There are many recipes for beef a la mode.
  • Boeuf à la mode("beef in the style") is a French version of what is often known in the United States as pot roast beef.


Late 16th century: French, literally 'in the fashion'.

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Syllabification: à la mode

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