Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

bon ton

[bon ton; French bawn tawn]
See more synonyms for bon ton on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. good or elegant form or style.
  2. something regarded as fashionably correct: The bon ton in this circle is to dress well and know influential people.
  3. fashionable society.
Show More

Origin of bon ton

1765–75; < French: literally, good tone. See boon2, tone
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for bon ton

decorum, civility, rightness, decency, fitness, orderliness, properness, decorousness, seemliness, order, correctitude, society, gentry

Examples from the Web for bon ton

Historical Examples of bon ton

  • Oh, bright divinity, why hide those radiant charms in sylvan shades, when charms of fashion and bon-ton beckon you away!

    The Art of Amusing

    Frank Bellew

  • Lonely in his selfishness was he left to breathe out the small soul of a man of bon-ton!

    Godolphin, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Shelby drifted back to the main street and found the Bon-Ton Grocery where it had been when he deserted the wagon.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • Emmerich was not a common mender of "old soles," but was the shoemaker to the bon-ton of Baltimore.

    Between the Lines

    Henry Bascom Smith

  • Who entered here, though his brow were tall and his spirit strong, left his bon-ton behind.


British Dictionary definitions for bon ton

bon ton

noun literary
  1. sophisticated manners or breeding
  2. fashionable society
Show More

Word Origin for bon ton

literally: good tone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012