bon ton

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Borrowing from French bon ton (literally good tone)


bon ton (uncountable)

  1. (dated) The height of fashion; fashionable society.
    • 1839, The Quarterly Review, Volume 64, p. 555:
      This part of the proposition is very popular, particularly with the higher and middle classes, because it is the fashion, and a mark of bon ton, to enclose one's letter in an envelope, even though, or perhaps because, it subjects it to double postage.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.