Definition of beau monde in US English:

beau monde

noun

the beau monde
  • Fashionable society.

    ‘London was the center of this jet-hopping beau monde’
    • ‘With radical taste and affinity in addition to her beau monde savvy, Loy communicated her modernist values to Levy as she likewise gained him entry into the salons of bohemian and expatriate Paris during his 1927 sojourn.’
    • ‘What started as a schoolgirl rebellion against Japan's rigid conformity is now causing ripples of admiration from the beau monde of international fashion.’
    • ‘And it takes us to Vanity Fair, the spiritually vapid beau monde of Restoration Anglicanism.’
    • ‘You can still soak up the neighborhood's traditional queer vibe at Balthazar, known for its impeccable food and ability to attract SoHo's beau monde, with a tiny adjacent boulangerie and market.’
    • ‘She would sit idly at cafes on the Left Bank watching le beau monde go by, her PDA not too far from her café au lait.’
    • ‘In his Parallele he said that a lot of very poor burlesque poetry had been written in imitation of Scarron's Virgile travesti, giving the whole genre a bad name, but that the original book was admired by ‘le galant homme’ and ‘le beau monde.’’
    • ‘These are real figures from the London beau monde of the 18th century.’
    • ‘These days Air would probably rather be jet-setting around le beau monde than making records.’
    • ‘Every member of the beau monde seemed to be in attendance.’
    • ‘Here he painted Whistler (New York, Brooklyn Mus.) but the majority of his clients came from the international beau monde.’
    • ‘The mingled scents worn by the beau monde of Morocco contrasted with the faint whiff of well-trodden boots from my dishevelled English companions.’
    • ‘In a recent telephone survey, The Mirabelle, Quo Vadis, Drones, L' Escargot and the Parisienne Chop House all had tables available at times of the evening when London's beau monde would normally have been clamouring to get in.’
    • ‘But it is not wild nightlife the buyers come for, or to be seen behind Gucci glasses with the beau monde, or even white-knuckle skiing: it is chalets they can use all year round and a friendly, family atmosphere.’
    • ‘She was indeed a creature of the beau monde, the same society that had virtually shunned his family in the past and even now only reluctantly accepted them.’
    • ‘A young woman from the London beau monde is en route to a Scottish isle to marry Sir somebody or other, a wealthy et cetera.’
    • ‘Leading hairstylists will also be here to give a touch of the latest hair dos on the beau monde.’
    • ‘Had he been content to leave the beau monde to Maugham and write about what he knew, and basically understood, there might never have been a need for ‘Dad's Renaissance‘.’
    • ‘Curiously, the public center of the beau monde was just around the corner on Church Street, where the Court Room of the city's greatest tavern, the brick theater, and Pike's Dancing Academy were located.’
    • ‘If her attacker was a member of the beau monde, he would be there.’
    • ‘The reason this tiny fishing port became a magnet for Europe's beau monde is simple: it was, and is, excessively pretty.’
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Origin

French, literally ‘fine world’.

Pronunciation

beau monde

/ˌboʊ ˈmɔnd//ˌbō ˈmônd/