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bon ton

[bon ton; French bawn tawn] /ˈbɒn ˈtɒn; French bɔ̃ ˈtɔ̃/
good or elegant form or style.
something regarded as fashionably correct:
The bon ton in this circle is to dress well and know influential people.
fashionable society.
Origin of bon ton
1765-75; < French: literally, good tone. See boon2, tone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for bon-ton
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • It was bon-ton to languish a good deal, and the dressmakers were required to find a suitable costume for the occupation.

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

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

    Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for bon-ton

bon ton

/bɔ̃ tɔ̃/
noun (literary)
sophisticated manners or breeding
fashionable society
Word Origin
literally: good tone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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