\ ˈtō-nē How to pronounce tony (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
tonier; toniest

Definition of tony

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style tony private schools


To·​ny | \ ˈtō-nē How to pronounce Tony (audio) \
plural Tonys

Definition of Tony (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medallion awarded annually by a professional organization for notable achievement in the theater

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An era’s tony milieu pauses, flash-lit: an amused Yves Saint-Laurent, Halston in high spirits, a quizzical William F. Buckley. Brian Dillon, The New Yorker, "Tseng Kwong Chi, an “Ambiguous Ambassador” to Life in America," 23 June 2019 Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley In tony Knightsbridge, The Berkeley struts out every six months with a different fashion-themed afternoon tea. Amy Alipio, National Geographic, "5 surprising afternoon teas in London," 1 May 2019 Mick’s success with the Bearcats, who went to nine consecutive NCAA tournaments under his guidance, afforded him a chance to move to the tonier east side of town. Ben Bolch,, "Mick Cronin’s determination fueled his coaching journey from Cincinnati to UCLA," 8 June 2019 The tony critics as well as the hack book reviewers have contributed to this anarchy of standards. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's magazine, "Like This or Die," 10 Apr. 2019 Trump's aides stayed in some of the toniest neighborhoods in London, with rates for standard hotel rooms at the Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane easily topping $500. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump family members promote themselves, and businesses, on European trip," 7 June 2019 She was raised on Long Island and at tony addresses in upper Manhattan. Amy Scattergood,, "Maida Heatter, the queen of chocolate desserts, dies at 102," 6 June 2019 Come fall, Princess Charlotte will join Prince George at Thomas’s Battersea, a tony elementary school in London. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kensington Palace Confirms That Princess Charlotte Will Attend Prince George's School This Fall," 24 May 2019 The most Instagrammable spot in town is the façade of the tony Mayfair private club Annabel's, which is covered in top-to-bottom flowers by @theflowerbx. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The Top 5 Takeaways from the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show," 23 May 2019

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First Known Use of tony


1877, in the meaning defined above


1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tony


Tony, nickname of Antoinette Perry †1946 American actress & producer

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English Language Learners Definition of tony

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US, informal : very expensive and fashionable



English Language Learners Definition of Tony (Entry 2 of 2)

: an award given every year in New York City for the best plays, actors, directors, etc., in the theater

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