beau monde

[boh mond; French boh mawnd]
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Origin of beau monde

1705–15; < French: literally, fine world. See beau, monde Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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beau monde

  1. the world of fashion and society

Word Origin for beau monde

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

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

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