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I found a writing in an old book which was: "Apple pie à la mode". I was wondering what is the meaning of that?

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It means 'with ice cream' (though not literally). The term was first used in 'pie à la mode', coined by John Gieriet in 1885.

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  • Good information. Jun 20 '14 at 14:17
  • BTW, since this was coined in English, the (American) pronunciation is /payælə'mod/. Definitely not French. Jun 20 '14 at 14:50
  • Well, that's debatable - it was coined by a French speaking Swiss... Jun 20 '14 at 15:14
  • @ElendilTheTall: And this is why we use hyphens! It was coined by a French-speaking Swiss, or a Swiss speaking French, but not a French speaking Swiss ;-) Jul 3 '14 at 23:14
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À la mode means served with ice cream in this context.

EDIT: The expression à la mode is French for "in the current fashion."

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    is it in french? Jun 20 '14 at 14:19
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    Yes, it's borrowed from French. The expression à la mode actually means in the current fashion.
    – Archa
    Jun 20 '14 at 14:20

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