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Definition of à la minute
: prepared very quickly and served immediately : not prepared in advance A quick and tasty side dish is spaghetti with an à la minute sauce based on plum tomatoes and basil. — Pierre Franey, New York Times, 1 June 1988
à la minuteadverb Intricate desserts are made à la minute, which is why the server insists they be ordered ahead of time. — S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2009
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Origin and Etymology of à la minute
borrowed from French, “short-lasting, giving results rapidly,” literally, “in a minute”
First Known Use: 1822
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