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haute

[oht]
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adjective
  1. high-class or high-toned; fancy: an haute restaurant that attracts a monied crowd.
  2. high; elevated; upper.
Also haut [oh; especially before a vowel oht] /oʊ; especially before a vowel oʊt/.

Origin of haute

1780–90; generalized from haute couture, haute cuisine, etc.; < French, feminine of haut literally, high; see haughty

de haut en bas

[duh oh tahn bah]
adverb French.
  1. from top to bottom; from head to foot.
  2. in a haughty, disdainful manner; condescendingly.
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Examples from the Web for haut

Historical Examples

  • They were as the Haut Brion among the wines of the Bordelais.

    The Quest for a Lost Race

    Thomas E. Pickett

  • The haut nobility of Krovitch were present at the Ducal reception that night.

    Trusia

    Davis Brinton

  • The Haut Rhin is classed under the generic title of the gentil.

  • They were wine feasts; and the vintage most in favor at them was Haut Sauterne.

  • Now, said the haut prince, I release to you that maiden, for ye have won her.


Word Origin and History for haut

haute

adj.

French, literally "high," fem. of haut (see haught). Haute bourgeoisie "the (French) upper-middle class" is from 1888.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper