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bon ton

[bon ton; French bawn tawn] /ˈbɒn ˈtɒn; French bɔ̃ ˈtɔ̃/
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.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < French: literally, good tone. See boon2, tone
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British Dictionary definitions for bon ton

bon ton

/bɔ̃ tɔ̃/
noun (literary)
1.
sophisticated manners or breeding
2.
fashionable society
Word Origin
literally: good tone
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