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1Designating various things that are French in style, manner, or origin.
2Designating a style of dining consisting of a number of courses, each having several dishes which are all displayed on the table at the same time. Frequently opposed to à la Russe. Now historical.
1With reference to style, conduct, method, etc.: in the French manner.
2In the French manner of dining or serving, in which all of the dishes belonging to each course are displayed on the table at the same time. Compare à la Russe Now historical.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in George Puttenham (1529–?1591), writer and literary critic. From Middle French, French à la française, † à la françoise, lit. ‘in the French style’ from à la + française, † françoise, use as noun of feminine of français, † françois French.
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