à la minute

adjective à la mi·nute \ˌä-lə-mē-ˈnüt, -ˈnuet, ˌa-\

Definition of à la minute


  1. :  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

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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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