bon ton

bon ton

[bon ton; French bawn tawn]
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:
1765–75; < French: literally, good tone. See boon2, tone

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bon ton (bɔ̃ tɔ̃)
 
n
1.  sophisticated manners or breeding
2.  fashionable society
 
[literally: good tone]

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