1640s, from French
Meaning "when you look at the style"
- [French] served with or in the style of. Desserts served a la mode are offered with ice cream; meats served a la mode are braised with veggies and served with gravy.
in the current style or style
- with ice-cream over the top or privately
à la mode [obs.]
Ballades in Blue China (1880, enlarged edition, 1888), Ballads and Verses Vain (1884), selected by Mr Austin Dobson; Rhymes a la Mode (1884), Grass of Parnassus (1888), Ban and Arriere Ban (1894), New Collected Rhymes (1905).