Know Your Next Word : bon ton

15. bon ton :

noun :

1. Good form or style

2. Something regarded as fashionably right

3. High society

Usage :

It was bon ton to knock Netanyahu and very few top Likudniks resisted the temptation. Netanyahu's prime-ministerial stint (1996-1999) was doomed.(Sarah Honig : Jabotinsky Who? : The Jerusalem Post (Israel) : Jan 16 - 2004.)

Evelyn and I were impostors -- not members of the bon ton but a visiting, unembarrassed American couple.(Roger Angell : La Vie En Rose : The New Yorker : Feb 16 - 2004.)

The bon ton in this circle is to dress well and know influential people.

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