[bon ton; French bawn tawn]
- good or elegant form or style.
- something regarded as fashionably correct: The bon ton in this circle is to dress well and know influential people.
- fashionable society.
Origin of bon ton
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Examples from the Web for bon ton
Oh, bright divinity, why hide those radiant charms in sylvan shades, when charms of fashion and bon-ton beckon you away!The Art of Amusing
Lonely in his selfishness was he left to breathe out the small soul of a man of bon-ton!Godolphin, Complete
Shelby drifted back to the main street and found the Bon-Ton Grocery where it had been when he deserted the wagon.In a Little Town
Emmerich was not a common mender of "old soles," but was the shoemaker to the bon-ton of Baltimore.Between the Lines</p>
Henry Bascom Smith
Who entered here, though his brow were tall and his spirit strong, left his bon-ton behind.The Army Mule and Other War Sketches
Henry A. Castle
- sophisticated manners or breeding
- fashionable society
literally: good tone
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