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beau monde

[boh mond; French boh mawnd] /ˈboʊ ˈmɒnd; French boʊ ˈmɔ̃d/
the fashionable world; high society.
Origin of beau monde
1705-15; < French: literally, fine world. See beau, monde Unabridged
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  • I chose the latter, on account of the beau monde which the soldier had boasted of.

  • How full of the savour and luxurious tang of the beau monde!


    Christopher Morley
  • "They have calumniated the beau monde," mused he in leaving.

  • There is too much taste in the beau monde to higgle about certain services.

  • "Not regularly handsome, I admit, my dear," Mrs. beau monde would say.


    Marion Harland
  • The "beau monde" might have been described as a magazine for the standardizing of the newly-rich.

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
  • There can be no question but that the middle-class fashion designer revenges himself upon the beau monde.

  • You used to have the beau monde throng after you, and a flock of gay fine perukes hovering round you.

    The Way of the World William Congreve
  • I hear that there is great anxiety prevalent in the beau monde on the score of invitations.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • The gossip of the Washington beau monde, very naturally furnished a theme for the lively tongues of the needle-women.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for beau monde

beau monde

/ˈbəʊ ˈmɒnd; French bo mɔ̃d/
the world of fashion and society
Word Origin
C18: French, literally: fine world
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Word Origin and History for beau monde

also beau-monde, "the fashionable world," 1714, French; see beau + monde, from Latin mundus "world" (see mundane).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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