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bon ton Syllabification: bon ton
Pronunciation: /bän ˈtän/ /bôN ˈtôN/

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of bon ton in English:


The fashionable world.
Example sentences
  • That generation made the French Riviera fashionable, luring le bon ton from all over the world to indulge in the new pastime of sunbathing and take the air.
  • According to a revisionist historian, ‘The discourse of transfer and expulsion which had been employed by the extreme Right, is now the bon ton of the center.’
  • Moore tells us, ‘Between Gurdjieff and the world of cultural bon ton there was to be no conciliation, no giving and no asking of quarter’.


French, literally 'good taste'.

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