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.
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How to use bon ton in a sentence
It's only in the capital that you find bon-ton and not a lot of provincial lubbers.The Inspector-General | Nicolay Gogol
Sir John Trotley, who does not understand bon ton, thinks this sort of flirtation very objectionable.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 | The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
To have your portrait painted by Reynolds was considered a proper "entree" into the "bon ton."Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14) | Elbert Hubbard
Mr. Keyts pronounced "bon ton" in his own fashion, but his contempt was ably and amply expressed.The Boss of Little Arcady | Harry Leon Wilson
The audience were pleased; especially the ladies; they like to recognise signs of bon ton in the details of the scene.Coningsby | Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for bon ton
sophisticated manners or breeding
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