Beau monde

the fashionable world; high society.
Historical Examples

Well, if she does, I shall perhaps have a glimpse at the beau monde.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII. No. 31. October, 1873. Various

I chose the latter, on account of the beau monde which the soldier had boasted of.
The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete Anthony Hamilton

Pondel chatted gayly of Paris, the Continent, and familiarly of the races and the beau monde.
McAllister and His Double Arthur Train

“Not regularly handsome, I admit, my dear,” Mrs. beau monde would say.
Jessamine Marion Harland

Never yet was there a woman really improved in attraction by mingling with the motley throng of the beau monde.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Various

You used to have the beau monde throng after you, and a flock of gay fine perukes hovering round you.
The Way of the World William Congreve

There is too much taste in the beau monde to higgle about certain services.
Harmonies of Political Economy Frdric Bastiat

I hear that there is great anxiety prevalent in the beau monde on the score of invitations.
Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

Study Marcel and the ‘beau monde’ with great application, but read Homer and Horace only when you have nothing else to do.
The PG Edition of Chesterfield’s Letters to His Son The Earl of Chesterfield

The gossip of the Washington beau monde, very naturally furnished a theme for the lively tongues of the needle-women.
Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

the world of fashion and society

also beau-monde, “the fashionable world,” 1714, French; see beau + monde, from Latin mundus “world” (see mundane).


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