au

au French, "at the, to the," from O.Fr. al, contraction of a le, with -l- softened to -u-, as also poudre from pulverem, chaud from calidus, etc. Used in many expressions in cookery, etc., which have crossed the Channel since 18c., e.g. au contraire, lit. "on the contrary;" au gratin, lit. "with scrapings;" au jus, lit. "with the juice."

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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