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beau monde

[boh mond; French boh mawnd] /ˈboʊ ˈmɒnd; French boʊ ˈmɔ̃d/
noun
1.
the fashionable world; high society.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < French: literally, fine world. See beau, monde
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  • If the drama had few charms for more thoughtful and soberminded citizens, it irresistibly attracted the beau monde.
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beau monde

/ˈbəʊ ˈmɒnd; French bo mɔ̃d/
noun
1.
the world of fashion and society
Word Origin
C18: French, literally: fine world
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Word Origin and History for beau monde
n.

also beau-monde, "the fashionable world," 1714, French; see beau + monde, from Latin mundus "world" (see mundane).

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