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1As postpositive. Designating any of various things that are Russian in style, manner, or origin.
2historical Designating a style of dining in which the table is dressed with flowers and dessert, and the other courses are served in succession from another table or room. Chiefly as postpositive. Now historical.
1In the Russian manner.
2In the Russian manner of service in which each course is served in succession.
Late 18th century. From French à la russe, lit. ‘(in the) Russian style’ from à la + russe, use as noun of the feminine of russ Russian.
à la Russe/ˌa lə ˈruːs//ˌɑː lɑː ˈruːs//ˌa la ˈruːs/
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