bon ton

noun
\ (ˌ)bän-ˈtän How to pronounce bon ton (audio) , ˈbän-ˌtän \

Definition of bon ton

1a : fashionable manner or style
b : the fashionable or proper thing
2 : high society

Examples of bon ton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While high fashion was the playground of the bon ton, all social classes gathered aux courses, at the races. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of bon ton

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bon ton

French, literally, good tone

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“Bon ton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bon%20ton. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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