beau monde

noun
\ bō-ˈmänd How to pronounce beau monde (audio) , -mōⁿd How to pronounce beau monde (audio) \
plural beau mondes\ bō-​ˈmän(d)z How to pronounce beau monde (audio) \ or beaux mondes\ bō-​mōⁿd How to pronounce beau monde (audio) \

Definition of beau monde

: the world of high society and fashion

Examples of beau monde in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is how she was introduced to the Laurel Canyon beau monde via David Crosby, how she was remembered by Graham Nash in his 2013 memoir, and how she was regularly described in the earliest profiles of her. Jessica Hopper, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2021 But the exchange with Gide also reminds us of a less high-minded truth: that Proust was part of the beau monde of the Faubourg Saint-Germain, and that his enthusiasm for the high life—call it snobbery, as Gide did—was unmistakable. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 But Tissot achieved commercial success capturing the corseted, 19th century beau monde of London. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, 6 Nov. 2019 The art world’s beau monde gathered last evening to celebrate McArthur Binion’s first-ever exhibition at the Lehmann Maupin gallery in New York City. Catherine Scott, Vogue, 18 Jan. 2019 Ronald is very good at detailing the development of luxury hotels and casinos on the French Riviera, and the Goulds’ efforts to create a holiday destination for the beau monde. Karen Karbo, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2018 What woman has a face-lift and goes bleeding to a famous club where tout le beau monde is partying? Author: Kathleen Parker, Alaska Dispatch News, 2 July 2017

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First Known Use of beau monde

1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beau monde

French, literally, fine world

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“Beau monde.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beau%20monde. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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