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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

Example Sentences

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In Manhattan, activists, labor unions and Amazon workers marched outside company founder Jeff Bezos' penthouse in the tony Flatiron district. Alain Sherter, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2022 The Washington Ballet’s production, for example, takes place in tony Georgetown by the Potomac River. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2022 Clary appeared in such films as Ten Tall Men (1951) and Thief of Damascus (1952), then met Cantor, who took him to New York to perform at the tony La Vie en Rose club. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2022 Butler’s father and grandfather founded the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook and the tony Oak Brook Polo Club, which Butler and a sister later managed. Steve Marble, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2022 New York's most fashionable set, from Diane von Furstenberg to Wes Gordon and Paul Arnhold, retreat to tony but low-key Litchfield County in rural Connecticut. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 7 Nov. 2022 The property is located in the tony Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2022 Today, it might be known as a tony beach city in Orange County, but many structures—like the famed pirate’s tower—and centuries-old homes remain. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 29 Sep. 2022 DeSantis sent two planes full of migrants Wednesday to Martha’s Vineyard, a tony island enclave in Massachusetts, where several prominent Democrats, including former president Barack Obama, have homes. Josh Dawsey, Michael Scherer, Isaac Arnsdorf, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2022 See More

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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 3 Dec. 2022.

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