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bon ton

[bon ton; French bawn tawn] /ˈbɒn ˈtɒn; French bɔ̃ ˈtɔ̃/
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
1765-75; < French: literally, good tone. See boon2, tone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • My pilgrim brethren always gave brilliant proofs of their bon ton.

    Travels in Central Asia Arminius Vmbry
  • Is my philosophic Plato so soon metamorphosed to a bon ton enamarato?

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
  • Indeed, feeling of any kind did not suit the present age: it was not bon ton; and in some degree always made a man ridiculous.

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
  • Harry's dad owns most of the bon ton, but it's Harry who runs it and gives it the pep.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • Fads for the latest personal accoutrements gripped the bon ton in seasonal epidemics.

  • Tell me about your plan for getting a partnership in the bon ton.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • Neither of these men had the bel air, the bon ton, the je ne scais quoy.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Minos is a sour old gentleman, without the least smattering of the bon ton, and I am in a fright for you.

    Dialogues of the Dead Lord Lyttelton
  • Always irregular, no issue of the bon ton has appeared of late.

    Woman as Decoration Emily Burbank
  • The other cousin—who was also the elder—was far too much swamped in bon ton to please Highland lads such as we were.

British Dictionary definitions for bon ton

bon ton

/bɔ̃ tɔ̃/
noun (literary)
sophisticated manners or breeding
fashionable society
Word Origin
literally: good tone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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