Main definitions of tony in English

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tony1

adjective

North American
informal
  • Fashionable among wealthy or stylish people.

    ‘a tony restaurant’
    • ‘Fried chicken gets the respect it deserves at his tony restaurant.’
    • ‘It markets its meat to tony Manhattan restaurants and gets top dollar.’
    • ‘Here, in tony Mount Washington, the residents sometimes complain too, but they seem to secretly like it this way because it adds to the hidden, rural character.’
    • ‘Little Dix Bay, a tony Rosewood resort on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, offers WiFi on its beaches.’
    • ‘And what does it have to do with tony Monterey County, home of rugged shorelines, exclusive golf clubs and hundreds of acres of lettuce fields?’
    • ‘When Americans think of British television, they think of ‘quality’ news and tony entertainment shows.’
    • ‘Until recently, mache - also known as lamb's lettuce or corn salad and a longtime staple in France - could be found here mainly in tony restaurants and upscale markets.’
    • ‘The expected glamour of the leading ladies was complemented by the tony dressing of guests who represented the full cultural mélange that is Houston.’
    • ‘They sent them to tony private schools, as well.’
    • ‘Likewise, locals with tony connections are packing their bags for ranches in Wyoming and mountain aeries in Colorado.’
    • ‘A fire hydrant that prevented him and his wife from parking their SUV in front of their tony digs was removed by the city of Boston at his behest.’
    • ‘All these years I lived here, and little did I know how much fun could be had for so little money in a town so famous for its tony ways.’
    • ‘There is everything in this discount store of literary ambitions, from the obligatory tony commentary to pathetic little passages of smut.’
    • ‘So Allan, how do you explain the relative success at these tony places, all these expensive handbags and lotions and potions and so forth?’
    • ‘In 1989, they were married in the tony paradise of Hobe Sound, Fla., where the bride's parents had moved after decades of living near Chicago.’
    • ‘In the ensuing days Miller was celebrated in the tony newspapers and magazines as a latter-day Shakespeare.’
    • ‘A child of the civil rights movement, she attended integrated schools and sends her son to one of Atlanta's tony private academies.’
    • ‘It's not just their ability to publish in so many tony outlets - it's the fact that they're more than a decade younger than me and publishing in so many tony outlets.’
    • ‘There's a fear that the valley may grow from a place where people of modest means can live and work into a tony enclave for wealthy second-home owners.’
    stylish, smart, elegant, chic, crisp, dapper, spruce, trim, debonair, well dressed, well groomed, well turned out, smartly dressed
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Origin

Late 19th century: from tone (noun)+ -y.

Pronunciation

tony

/ˈtōnē//ˈtoʊni/

Main definitions of tony in English

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Tony2

noun

  • Any of a number of awards given annually in the US for outstanding achievement in the theater in various categories.

    • ‘It was up for five Tonys, winning for its lighting, its scenic design, the leading performance and even for the score by Tim Rice and Elton John.’
    • ‘The musical has won over 50 international theatre awards, including eight Tonys.’
    • ‘She has not won an Academy award, but has won two Tonys.’
    • ‘This two-part epic won about every major theatrical award, including two Tonys and a Pulitzer Prize.’
    • ‘It has collected over 30 international theatre awards including three Tonys for the Broadway production.’

Origin

1940s: from the nickname of Antoinette Perry (1888-1946), American actress and director.

Pronunciation

Tony

/ˈtōnē//ˈtoʊni/