\ 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 At the site of the assassination attempt against García Harfuch in Mexico City’s tony Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood, the police recovered Barrett semiautomatic rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel blazes a bloody trail in rise to power," 10 July 2020 Consider, for instance, the plastic surgeon offering drive-through Botox procedures at his office building in Miami’s tony Bal Harbour neighborhood. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, "To safely reopen, facilities throw rules out the window and embrace creativity," 3 July 2020 Overlooking Long Island Sound, the home is on tony Beachside Avenue, where residents include billionaire Marc Lasry and until recently, Harvey Weinstein. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "The Former Connecticut Home of Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas Hits The Market for $28 Million," 15 June 2020 Manhattan and Long Island’s tony Hamptons were singled out as problem areas by Cuomo, who said the state has received 25,000 complaints of reopening violations. USA TODAY, "Silver Dollar City, ‘Thunder’ silenced, empty Vegas buffets: News from around our 50 states," 16 June 2020 Manhattan and Long Island’s tony Hamptons were singled out as problem areas by Cuomo, who cited 25,000 complaints statewide of reopening violations. BostonGlobe.com, "Accuracy still unknown for many coronavirus tests rushed out," 14 June 2020 Some of its restaurants across the U.S. are located in tony neighborhoods outside of Dallas, like Beverly Hills. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Houston’s in Addison — the only remaining one in Dallas-Fort Worth — closes June 13," 12 June 2020 The Beverly Hills property is in tony Trousdale Estates, where high-profile owners include the singer Elton John and billionaire Bernard Arnault. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "A Beverly Hills Spec House With a 15-foot Waterfall Lists for $39 Million," 4 June 2020 More than one show was germinated at a tony Manhattan party. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, "How ‘Sesame Street’ Changed Childhood Forever," 12 May 2020

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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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20 Jul 2020

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“Tony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tony. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tony

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US, informal : very expensive and fashionable


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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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