Definition of mauvais ton in English:

mauvais ton

adjective

  • Unacceptable in certain circles or polite society.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Elizabeth Griffith (1727–1793), playwright and writer. From French mauvais ton from mauvais bad + ton.

Pronunciation

mauvais ton

/məʊˈveɪ tɒ̃/