\ ˈtō-nē \
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 \
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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Never mind that the pair had sold their Craftsman house in the same tony suburban enclave not even a year earlier, and had spent the last nine months renovating a co-op apartment in downtown Montreal. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Montreal Couple Designed a Whole House Around the Art," 6 Feb. 2019 After toasting to Marino amongst tony tweeds, guests jaunted over to another one of Marino's marvels, The Lobster Club, for a festive family-style dinner including servings of lobster dumplings, tempura mushrooms, and yuzu black bass. Vogue, "Chanel Honors Peter Marino, The Architect Who Completely Redesigned the New York Flagship," 18 Jan. 2019 The ski-only, tony Deer Valley is wrapping up a $14-million-dollar expansion this year just in time for January’s annual Sundance Film Festival. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018 Bocagrande and El Laguito, the tony beach communities, are on the peninsula; to the southwest are the Rosario archipelago and the island of Barú. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013 Today, Aspen is a tony resort town brimming with billionaires and celebrities. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Millionaires Living in the Mining Cabins," 1 Nov. 2018 While some now go to the Western-style mega-malls of Tehran's tony northern suburbs, the Grand Bazaar's narrow alleys, cramped stalls and wandering musicians still draw crowds of thousands. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Unease, anger in Tehran's Grand Bazaar, Iran's beating heart," 13 Sep. 2018 Villa Les Cèdres, built in 1930 in the tony town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the South of France, is now on the market for £350 million. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "See Inside the World's Most Expensive House," 25 Oct. 2017 No subway station has ever existed in the tony neighborhood. Ashraf Khalil, The Seattle Times, "Anywhere but Washington: Why DC stories rarely film in DC," 23 Oct. 2018

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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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