bon ton

\ (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

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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