à la minute

à la mi·nute | \ˌä-lə-mē-ˈnüt, -ˈnᵫt, ˌa-\

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

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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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