à la minute


à la mi·​nute ˌä-lə-mē-ˈnüt How to pronounce à la minute (audio)
: 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 minute adverb
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

Word History


borrowed from French, "short-lasting, giving results rapidly," literally, "in a minute"

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of à la minute was in 1822

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“à la minute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A0%20la%20minute. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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