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bon ton

[ bon-ton; French bawn-tawn ]
/ ˈbɒn ˈtɒn; French bɔ̃ ˈtɔ̃ /
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noun
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.
fashionable society.
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Origin of bon ton

1765–75; <French: literally, good tone. See boon2, tone
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British Dictionary definitions for bon ton

bon ton
/ French (bɔ̃ tɔ̃) /

noun literary
sophisticated manners or breeding
fashionable society

Word Origin for bon ton

literally: good tone
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