One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounthe haut monde
Fashionable society.‘the haut monde's artificial hypocrisy’
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- ‘Today it is not only the haut monde getting nipped and tucked, but also the average American.’
- ‘Bon ton, high society, smart set, haut monde, high life, beautiful people etc are some of the words that are synonymous with beau monde.’
- ‘Settling in Paris, she sold her merchandise to the haut monde, and cultivated people who could do her some good.’
- ‘Tech stocks may tumble and recession may loom, but the appetite for le Birkin in the haut monde seems insatiable.’
- ‘Built in 1912, the Carlton once attracted the most prominent members of Europe's haut monde.’
French, literally ‘high world’.
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