à la minute

adjective
à la mi·​nute | \ ˌä-lə-mē-ˈnüt How to pronounce à la minute (audio) , -ˈnᵫt, ˌa- \

Definition of à la minute

cooking
: 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

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Other Words from à la minute

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

First Known Use of à la minute

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for à la minute

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

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“à la minute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A0%20la%20minute. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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