WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
à la or a la/ˈɑ lɑ, ˈæ lə/USA pronunciation   prep. 
  1. in the manner or style of: a poem à la Byron.

Ala.,  an abbreviation of:
  1. Place NamesAlabama.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
à la   lä, ä lə; Fr. a la),USA pronunciation 
  • according to;
    in the manner of:a short poem à la Ogden Nash.
  • [Cookery.]
    • prepared in the manner of, to the taste of, or by:chicken à la provençale.
    • prepared with the ingredient of. Also,  a la. 
    • French: short for à la mode de in the style of
    • 1580–90

    a•la  lə),USA pronunciation n., pl.  a•lae 
      lē).USA pronunciation 
    1. Birdsa wing.
    2. Biologya winglike part, process, or expansion, as of a bone, shell, seed, or stem.
    3. Botanyeither of the two side petals of a flower in the legume family, as the pea.
    4. Antiquity, Architecture(in an ancient Roman house) a small room, as an alcove, opening into a larger room or courtyard.
    • Latin āla wing, armpit, shoulder, representing *aks-lā, derivative of same base as axis axle (see axis1); see axle
    • 1730–40

    A•la  lä),USA pronunciation n. 
      Hus•sein  (hŏŏ sān),USA pronunciation 1888–1964, Iranian statesman and diplomat: premier in 1951 and from 1955 to 1957.
    Ala, [Biochem.]
    1. Biochemistryalanine.

    Ala., 
  • Place NamesAlabama.

  • A.L.A., 
    1. American Library Association.
    2. Associate in Liberal Arts.
    3. Authors League of America.
    4. Automobile Legal Association.


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    à la /ɑː lɑː; æ lə; French: a la/ prep
    1. in the manner or style of
    2. as prepared in (a particular place) or by or for (a particular person)
    Etymology: 17th Century: from French, short for à la mode de in the style of



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