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n. pl. To·nys
A trademark for an award presented by the American Theatre Wing for excellence in the production and creation of Broadway shows.


also ton·ey  (tō′nē)
adj. ton·i·er, ton·i·est Informal
Marked by an elegant or exclusive manner or quality: a tony country club.

[From tone.]


adj, tonier or toniest
informal US and Canadian stylish or distinctive; classy
[C20: from tone]


n, pl Tonies or Tonys
(Theatre) any of several medallions awarded annually in the United States by a professional school for the performing arts for outstanding achievement in the theatre
[from Tony, the nickname of Antoinette Perry (died 1946), US actress and producer]


(ˈtoʊ ni)

adj. ton•i•er, ton•i•est.
high-toned; stylish; swank: a tony nightclub.
[1875–80, Amer.]


(ˈtoʊ ni)

n., pl. -nys.
one of a group of awards given annually by the American Theatre Wing for superior achievements in production and performance in the Broadway theater.
[1947; after the nickname of U.S. actress and producer Antoinette Perry (1888–1946)]
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also toney
Informal. Being or in accordance with the current fashion:
Informal: classy, in, sharp, snappy, swish, trendy.
Slang: with-it.


[ˈtəʊnɪ] ADJ (US) → de buen tono, elegante
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When the sun fell and the tastefully retro streetlamps blinked on, the empty lanes looked like footpaths in the tonier sections of Forest Lawn Cemetery.
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It's in a flat agricultural valley known for its polluted air--a blue-collar town, far removed from tonier places like Sausalito and Newport Beach.
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Once, I was working on the long-term effects of child abuse by the clergy when an editor demanded I take a break to cover an appearance by the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile in one of the tonier suburbs.
The Mall at Turtle Creek cast Jonesboro, long bypassed by retailers in favor of markets deemed tonier, in a new, affluent light.
coffee plant (later that of Martinson) on Greenwich Street in lower Manhattan is now home to Tribeca Grill, one of the city's tonier eateries.
Felitti's remarks, Tonier Cain, a trauma survivor, explained the role of effective treatment in transforming her life from a childhood filled with poverty, hunger, sexual abuse, and crime (resulting in an ACE score of nine) to her role today as a nurturing mother and a team leader at the National Center for Trauma Informed Care (Annapolis, Md.
One man who said he lived a few blocks west, in the tonier area where the Lower East Side meets SoHo, explained that "since I have all I need, and didn't have to work," he'd decided to walk around the neighborhood to see where he could make himself useful.
Laws against short-term rentals have also long existed in some of the tonier cities in Florida, such as Boca Raton and Del Ray Beach.
This district's more spatially homogeneous successor, in contrast, retains its Valley core but then swells to the north, east, and west instead of veering south into Los Angeles's tonier precincts.