1877, American English slang, from high-toned. It was the name of a reddish-brown fashion color in the 1920s.
1947, awards given by American Theatre Wing (New York), from nickname of U.S. actress, manager, and producer Antoinette Perry (1888-1946).
Stylish; very elegant; ritzy, swank: the tony St Regis hotel (1877+)
: St Michael's alley, still inhabited by the tony
[probably fr French bon ton, ''high fashion, chic'']