beau monde, the

beau monde, the [ ,bou `mand ] noun
the rich and fashionable people in society

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • beau monde — also beau monde, the fashionable world, 1714, French; see BEAU (Cf. beau) + monde, from L. mundus world (see MUNDANE (Cf. mundane)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Beau monde — [F. beau fine + monde world.] The fashionable world; people of fashion and gayety. Prior. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beau monde — n. fashionable society. Etymology: F * * * noun the fashionable elite • Syn: ↑society, ↑high society, ↑smart set, ↑bon ton • Hypernyms: ↑elite, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) beau monde — formal rich and fashionable people. She took no interest in the glittering beau monde that she had married into …   New idioms dictionary

  • beau monde — /boh mond /; Fr. /boh mawonnd / the fashionable world; high society. [1705 15; < F: lit., fine world. See BEAU, MONDE] * * * …   Universalium

  • beau monde — [bəʊ mɒnd] noun (the beau monde) fashionable society. Origin Fr., lit. fine world …   English new terms dictionary

  • the beau monde — fashionable society. → beau monde …   English new terms dictionary

  • beau monde — noun (plural beau mondes or beaux mondes) Etymology: French, literally, fine world Date: 1673 the world of high society and fashion …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beau monde — noun The fashionable part of society. See Also: demimonde …   Wiktionary

  • beau monde —  (Fr.) The fashionable world; pl. beaux mondes …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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