\ 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

Examples of tony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That said, those opting for the surfside residences or 12 tony three-bedroom COMO Penthouses (each with their own private butler and rooftop pool revealed by a dramatic arching cutaway) might be less tempted to stray. Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2021 Her family lived on West End Avenue, in the tony neighborhood across Central Park from the even tonier neighborhood that most of her classmates called home. Lauren Mechling, Town & Country, 9 July 2021 The Hamptons, a community of sea- and bay-facing hamlets on the southern tip of Long Island, has long been known as a mandatory destination for tony New Yorkers. Hannah Selinger, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 July 2021 That, according to Deal’s critics, is precisely what the tony seaside enclave wants., 21 May 2021 The discussion will address how changes to zoning regulations can bring more multiunit housing, and with it more families of color, to the tony Gold Coast town known for its multimillion-dollar homes on the Long... Joseph De Avila, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2020 At Bistrot Paul Bert, a favorite of mine, oeuf mayo was the first starter out of the kitchen when the restaurant reopened after closing during the pandemic, and the tony Le Voltaire keeps oeuf mayo on the menu at 0.9 euros, or about $1.07. Dorie Greenspan, New York Times, 7 July 2021 Acontroversialgroup of Catholic missionary priests want to move into a tony Cincinnati neighborhood, but residents are telling the Legionaries of Christ not so fast. Rachel Smith, The Enquirer, 7 July 2021 The tony area, which is nestled above the LA's bright lights, features multimillion-dollar homes and uninterrupted city views. Stella Chan, CNN, 25 June 2021

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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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21 Jul 2021

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“Tony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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