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variants or less commonly toney
tonier; toniest
: marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style
tony private schools


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To·​ny ˈtō-nē How to pronounce Tony (audio)
plural Tonys
: a medallion awarded annually by a professional organization for notable achievement in the theater

Examples of tony in a Sentence

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Glimpses of the lipstick appeared throughout the spot, which featured models striding through numerous tony Paris locations, such as the Musée Bourdelle and Salle Pleyel concert hall. Jennifer Weil, WWD, 2 July 2024 Politico reported that Newsom’s eldest daughter will be attending The Branson School, a private high school in the tony Marin suburb of Ross, with an annual tuition of just under $60,000. Nicole Nixon, Sacramento Bee, 25 June 2024 Barabas' plea agreement in U.S. District Court in Connecticut marks the final chapter in the hunt for the intruders that stretched from the toniest parts of Connecticut to post-Soviet Europe. Michael Loria, USA TODAY, 19 June 2024 If a Black man was allowed to buy a home in a desirable neighborhood — adjoining tony St. Francis Wood in the Sunset District — nearby property values would tumble. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for tony 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1877, in the meaning defined above


1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tony was in 1877

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“Tony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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