à la mode

adjective \ ˌä-lə-ˈmōd , ˌa-lə- \
variants: or less commonly a la mode
|Updated on: 29 May 2018

Definition of à la mode

2 : topped with ice cream

Examples of à la mode in a Sentence

  1. apple pie à la mode

  2. a political movement that was once à la mode

Recent Examples of à la mode from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'à la mode.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of à la mode

French, according to the fashion


À LA MODE Defined for English Language Learners

à la mode

Definition of à la mode for English Language Learners

  • : topped with ice cream

  • : stylish or fashionable



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up à la mode? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

widely and unfavorably known

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a-closeup-of-a-sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!