American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The world of fashionable society.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fashionable world; people of fashion and gayety, collectively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- The fashionable world; people of fashion and gayety.
- n. the fashionable elite
- French (Wiktionary)
- French : beau, good + monde, world, society. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The beau monde dressed itself “à la Watteau,” the salons and boudoirs of Paris were appointed “à la Watteau,” and young ladies and gentlemen adopted a carriage and pose “à la Watteau.””
“Shabby and small as the place was, it was filled with all the beau monde of Cotham, which then, patronized by royalty, rivalled even Bath in its fashion and folly.”
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