plural beau mondes bō-ˈmän(d)z How to pronounce beau monde (audio) or beaux mondes bō-mōⁿd How to pronounce beau monde (audio)
: the world of high society and fashion

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Deren, whose coterie had expanded to include many in the downtown artistic beau monde, became a major socialite in bohemian circles, turning the couple’s apartment into a center of parties and gatherings, and her connections proved galvanic. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2022 After their release in December 2013, the duo traveled to the U.S. and were embraced as heroes by many in the political and cultural beau monde, from Hillary Clinton to Madonna to pre-NFT Shepard Fairey. Steve Appleford, SPIN, 23 Aug. 2022 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,, 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 See More

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Word History


French, literally, fine world

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beau monde was in 1673

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“Beau monde.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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