beau monde

noun
\ bō-ˈmänd , -mōⁿd \
plural beau mondes\ bō-​ˈmän(d)z \ or beaux mondes\ bō-​mōⁿd \

Definition of beau monde

: the world of high society and fashion

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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, "Lehmann Maupin Gallery Celebrates McArthur Binion’s Inaugural Exhibition With a Vibrant Dinner in New York City," 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, "The Amazing Life of a Robber Baron’s Daughter-in-Law, With Caveats," 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, "Is this it for Trump? Don’t count on it," 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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