Definition of à la mode in US English:

à la mode

adjective & adverb

  • 1In fashion; up to date.

    • ‘Rumors a la mode: Just a few things I've heard bouncing around...’
    • ‘HOME A LA MODE. For the Grendene family, life at home is a fashionable affair that will never go out style.’
    • ‘Pie was "a la mode" as commercial pie manufacturers trekked to Celebration, Fla., in April for the 2005 American Pie Council's (APC)/Crisco National Pie Championships, held in conjunction with the Great American Pie Festival.’
    stylish, smart, elegant, chic, crisp, dapper, spruce, trim, debonair, well dressed, well groomed, well turned out, smartly dressed
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  • 2(of beef) braised in wine, typically with vegetables.

    • ‘There are many recipes for beef a la mode.’
    • ‘Boeuf à la mode("beef in the style") is a French version of what is often known in the United States as pot roast beef.’
  • 3North American Served with ice cream.

    • ‘Pineapple a la mode. Place a scoop of ice cream, or yogurt in pineapple shell. Spoon pineapple pieces over ice cream and serve immediately.’
    • ‘Fudgy casserole a la mode. Spoon into individual dishes and serve warm with ice cream.’
    • ‘Brownies a la mode. Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on each serving.’


Late 16th century: French, literally ‘in the fashion’.


à la mode

/ˌä lä ˈmōd//ˌɑ lɑ ˈmoʊd/