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beau monde

[boh mond; French boh mawnd]
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noun
  1. the fashionable world; high society.
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Origin of beau monde

1705–15; < French: literally, fine world. See beau, monde
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society

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Historical Examples

  • Has he not an uncle a Bishop, and has he not the élite of the beau-monde to hear him?

    The London Pulpit

    J. Ewing Ritchie

  • Within these four pillars, in a kind of magic rotundo, all the beau-monde of London move perpetually round and round.

  • Sir H. I should ask you that question, madam, since your ladyship makes the beau-monde wherever you come.

    The Constant Couple

    George Farquhar

  • Others again--and these are the beau-monde--are wont to assume a half-Persian costume.

  • The affair is already creating some excitement among the beau-monde.


British Dictionary definitions for beau monde

beau monde

noun
  1. the world of fashion and society
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Word Origin

C18: French, literally: fine world
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Word Origin and History for beau monde

n.

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

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