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haute

[oht]
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  1. high-class or high-toned; fancy: an haute restaurant that attracts a monied crowd.
  2. high; elevated; upper.
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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

à haute voix

[a oht vwa]
adverb French.
  1. aloud; loudly.
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adj.

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

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