bon ton [bōn tōn′; Fr bōn tōn′]
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- fine manners
- fashionable society
Origin: French good tone
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
a. A sophisticated manner or style.
b. The proper thing to do.
- High society.
Origin: French : bon, good + ton, tone.