haut ton

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From French.



haut ton (uncountable)

  1. High fashion; fashionability.
    • 1835, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘King Pest’:
      An air of extreme haut ton, however, pervaded her whole appearance []
    • 1837, James Fenimore Cooper, Gleanings in Europe: England
      In the great houses, servants out of livery help to the different plats, servants in livery holding the dishes, sauces, etc., and changing the plates. I believe it is strictly haut ton for the servants in livery to do nothing but assist those out of livery.