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Word of the Day
Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Definitions for bon ton

  1. Fashionable or elegant manner or style.
  2. The proper or fashionable thing to do.
  3. Fashionable society; a fashionable social set.

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Citations for bon ton
Here, braving the bon ton of New York in the early 1900s, he seemed uncomfortable throughout, as if he had been invited to an Edith Wharton party for which he was not suitably dressed. Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic
Though he was a college junior, his father, Bruno, was an owner of . . . a restaurant in Manhattan popular with the bon ton, so he knows what he was talking about. Anthony Haden-Guest, The Last Party
Origin of bon ton
Bon ton is from the French bon (from Latin bonus), good + ton (from Latin tonus), tone.