bon ton

[ bon ton; French bawn tawn ]
/ ˈbɒn ˈtɒn; French bɔ̃ ˈtɔ̃ /

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.

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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