bon ton


(ˌ)bän-ˈtän How to pronounce bon ton (audio)
: fashionable manner or style
: the fashionable or proper thing
: high society

Examples of bon ton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Watch the Full 2023 Met Gala Red Carpet Livestream A casual take on the bon ton attire that usually collects around these kinds of events, the look compounded the insouciance of Watson’s Wimbledon outfits: the sleeveless button ups and sculptural Loewe heels, and the Oscar de la Renta minidresses. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 6 Sep. 2023 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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Word History


French, literally, good tone

First Known Use

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of bon ton was in 1747

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Cite this Entry

“Bon ton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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