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[ tuhn ]
/ tʌn /
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Origin of ton

1
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; variant of tun

Other definitions for ton (2 of 3)

ton2
[ ton, French tawn ]
/ tɒn, French tɔ̃ /

noun
high fashion; stylishness.
the current fashion, style, or vogue.
the ton, (used with a singular or plural verb) fashionable society.

Origin of ton

2
1755–65; <French <Latin tonustone

OTHER WORDS FROM ton

ton·ish, ton·nish [ton-ish], /ˈtɒn ɪʃ/, adjectiveton·ish·ly, ton·nish·ly, adverbton·ish·ness, ton·nish·ness, noun

Other definitions for ton (3 of 3)

-ton

a suffix formerly used to form nouns from adjectives: simpleton; singleton.

Origin of -ton

Variant of dial. toneone (see tother)
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British Dictionary definitions for ton (1 of 3)

ton1
/ (tʌn) /

noun
See also tons

Word Origin for ton

C14: variant of tun

British Dictionary definitions for ton (2 of 3)

ton2
/ French (tɔ̃) /

noun
style, fashion, or distinction

Word Origin for ton

C18: from French, from Latin tonus tone

British Dictionary definitions for ton (3 of 3)

ton3
/ (tʌn) /

noun
slang, mainly British a score or achievement of a hundred, esp a hundred miles per hour, as on a motorcycle

Word Origin for ton

C20: special use of ton 1 applied to quantities of one hundred
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Scientific definitions for ton

ton
[ tŭn ]

A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms). Also called short ton See Table at measurement.
A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 2,240 pounds (1,008 kilograms). Also called long ton See Table at measurement.
See metric ton.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ton

ton

see like a ton of bricks.

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