\ 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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And remember, too, that the X-Men also hail from a tony Westchester suburb. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Here’s a Better Reason to Unsubscribe From The New York Times," 9 Aug. 2019 Wexner, meanwhile, has built his empire from his home in New Albany, Ohio, a tony suburb of Columbus, where L Brands is headquartered. Hilary George-parkin, Vox, "For at least a decade, the man behind Victoria’s Secret and The Limited was the disgraced financier and accused sex trafficker’s only known client.," 26 July 2019 Fyn For years, chef Peter Tempelhoff was at the helm of one of South Africa’s finest restaurants, the Greenhouse, an elegant dining room at a Cape Dutch-style luxury hotel in the tony suburb of Constantia. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cape Town's Business District Is Now Also Its Coolest Neighborhood," 25 July 2019 Columnist Kathleen Pender outlines how the city has outpaced its tony neighbors. Jen Thomas,, "Bay Briefing: What we know about the Gilroy shooting so far," 29 July 2019 Nominated for seven tony awards this is a must see!! Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "All the Details Of 'Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller’s Medical Past," 28 July 2019 The apartment, which is listed by Coleman Real Estate Group and managed by Matthew Coleman, is located at 122 Waverly Place in the heart of New York's tony West Village. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "This Insane $16 Million Townhouse Has a Retractable Roof—So You Can Stargaze Inside," 14 June 2019 Thanks to a bigger development budget, the XE is fitted with finery found in tonier Jaguar Land Rover products. Larry Printz, Dallas News, "The 2020 Jaguar XE sports sedan is a fine feline with animal spirit performance," 6 July 2019 In the tony Santa Barbara community of Montecito, Rick Caruso’s new hotel is already butting heads with locals over beach access. Julia Wick,, "Essential California: Golden State Killer case's twisted, painful path," 11 June 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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