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[French tawn] /French tɔ̃/
noun, plural tons
[French tawn] /French tɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
high fashion; stylishness.
the current fashion, style, or vogue.
Origin of ton2
1755-65; < French < Latin tonus tone
Related forms
tonish, tonnish
[ton-ish] /ˈtɒn ɪʃ/ (Show IPA),
tonishly, tonnishly, adverb
tonishness, tonnishness, noun Unabridged
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(Brit) Also called long ton. a unit of weight equal to 2240 pounds or 1016.046909 kilograms
(US) Also called short ton, net ton. a unit of weight equal to 2000 pounds or 907.184 kilograms
Also called metric ton, tonne. a unit of weight equal to 1000 kilograms
Also called freight ton. a unit of volume or weight used for charging or measuring freight in shipping. It depends on the type of material being shipped but is often taken as 40 cubic feet, 1 cubic metre, or 1000 kilograms: freight is charged at £40 per ton of 1 cubic metre
Also called measurement ton, shipping ton. a unit of volume used in shipping freight, equal to 40 cubic feet, irrespective of the commodity shipped
Also called displacement ton. a unit used for measuring the displacement of a ship, equal to 35 cubic feet of sea water or 2240 pounds
Also called register ton. a unit of internal capacity of ships equal to 100 cubic feet
See also tons
Word Origin
C14: variant of tun


style, fashion, or distinction
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Latin tonustone


(slang, mainly Brit) a score or achievement of a hundred, esp a hundred miles per hour, as on a motorcycle
Word Origin
C20: special use of ton1 applied to quantities of one hundred
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Word Origin and History for tonish



late 14c., tonne, unit for measuring the carrying capacity of a ship, originally "space occupied by a tun or cask of wine," thus identical to tun (q.v.). The two words were not differentiated until 1680s. The measure of weight is first recorded late 15c.; the spelling ton is from 1530s, and became firmly established 18c.

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tonish in Science
  1. A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms). Also called short ton. See Table at measurement.

  2. A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 2,240 pounds (1,008 kilograms). Also called long ton. See Table at measurement.

  3. See metric ton.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tonish



  1. A large extent, amount, or number: I have a ton of work
  2. A speed of 100 miles an hour; a high speed (1954+ Teenagers & car racing)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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