Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The world of fashionable society.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fashionable part of society.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The fashionable world; people of fashion and gayety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fashionable world; people of fashion and gayety, collectively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the fashionable elite

Etymologies

French : beau, good + monde, world, society.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.”

    The Dragon’s Trail

  • 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.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

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  • The world of high society and fashion. (from WordCraft)

    May 20, 2008