Definition of bon ton in English:

bon ton

Pronunciation /bän ˈtän/ /bôN ˈtôN/ /ˈbɔn tɔn/


  • The fashionable world.

    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Salonnieres continued doing what they did best, integrating worthy men into the elite, and perpetuating aristocratic manners and bon ton.’
    • ‘He spent millions developing golf courses, luring newfangled seaplanes, holding polo tournaments and attracting le bon ton of the Edwardian era.’


French, literally ‘good taste’.


bon ton

/bän ˈtän/ /bôN ˈtôN/ /ˈbɔn tɔn/