à la mode

adjective

variants or less commonly a la mode
1
2
: topped with ice cream

Examples of à la mode in a Sentence

apple pie à la mode a political movement that was once à la mode
Recent Examples on the Web Much like you would with a slice of cake, try your doughnut a la mode! Gerry Frank | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2020 Dessert is a choice of cherry doughnut bread a la mode or chocolate lover’s cheesecake. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 9 Feb. 2023 Kevin’s former life as a pastry chef in Europe had left him with a love of delicately milky desserts and puzzlement as to why Americans resort, instead, to a la mode. Lauren Joseph, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2023 Serve it a la mode for an even richer, sweeter treat. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2022 This sweet fruit tart is delicious a la mode and perfect for summer. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 28 June 2022 Maine’s sweet plump berries are the star of this quintessential summer treat, which is exceptional on its own or enjoyed a la mode. Megan Murphy, Robb Report, 2 Sep. 2021 Thanks to the farmhouse boom, wooden features are a la mode. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 For dessert, customers can choose pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie a la mode. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, 12 Nov. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

French, according to the fashion

First Known Use

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of à la mode was in 1642

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Cite this Entry

“à la mode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A0%20la%20mode. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

à la mode

adjective
variants also a la mode
1
2
: topped with ice cream
pie à la mode
Etymology

from French à la mode, literally "according to the fashion"

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