etymology 1 Originated 1730–40 from Latin āla.
- (zoology) A wing or winglike structure.
- (anatomy) A winglike anatomical process or part, especially of bone.
- (botany) The flattened border of some stems, fruits, and seeds, or one of the two side petal of certain flowers in the pea family.
- (architecture) In ancient Rome, a small room opening into a larger room or courtyard.
etymology 2 From French à la, by way of its English derivation a la.
- (colloquial) alternative form of a la
- 2006, WorstPreviews.com, Film review: The film is told in reverse ala Memento.
- 2008, Film Threat, Film review: [...] interactive plasma screens with flashing digits and what not, ala “Minority Report,” [...]
- 2011, The Washington Post’s blog The Fix, Politics article: [...] we might be getting to the point where Palin is a bona fide liability - ala Pelosi - for the GOP.
- 2011, The Huffington Post, Business article: [...] the NYSE didn't implode ala Merrill [...]
- aal , AAL