- high-class or high-toned; fancy: an haute restaurant that attracts a monied crowd.
- 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
à haute voix
[a oht vwa]
- aloud; loudly.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for haute
But while that level of ‘haute couture’ is building the market, we want to be seen as more prêt-à-porter.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
December 10, 2014
Haute Butch is one of a number of new design houses targeting the trans, butch, and androgynous dressers.
[Haute Butch] is stepping into that area with such confidence and they are so non-apologetic.
Jacqueline Kennedy helped change all that in the 1960s, with her unflappable chic and wardrobe full of haute couture.How Oscar de la Renta Created First Lady Fashion
October 21, 2014
After the drabness of the 1950s, her clothes were chic and slightly transgressive, but not haute couture.Barbara Hulanicki, Queen of Fast Fashion
October 15, 2014
The Haute Ville, with a walk all round it on the ramparts, charming.
The Fair is on, under the walls of the haute ville over the way.
Chopin, who remembered that the haute voice had not yet heard him, did not overlook it.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician
I have played at a concert in Glasgow before all the haute vole.Frederic Chopin, Vol II (of 2)
Do they not bore us with the haute école, and weary us with Shakespearean clowns?Essays and Lectures
Word Origin and History for haute
French, literally "high," fem. of haut (see haught). Haute bourgeoisie "the (French) upper-middle class" is from 1888.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper