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[hoh-tur; French oh-tœr] /hoʊˈtɜr; French oʊˈtœr/
haughty manner or spirit; arrogance.
Origin of hauteur
1620-30; < French, equivalent to haut high (see haughty) + -eur -or1 Unabridged
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  • “I will not pretend to misunderstand your meaning,” he said, slowly and with hauteur.

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
  • He was also accused of hauteur and of an unsoldierly reserve with his brother officers.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • I never heard a speaker or actor who could give such a sting to hauteur or the taunt.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
  • Then aloud he demanded, with hauteur: “Who do you wish to see, lady?”

    A Little Miss Nobody Amy Bell Marlowe
  • Into the manner of young Mr. Stuart Farquaharson came now the hauteur of dignified rebuke.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • The hauteur of being one of the élite of Joralemon again flashed out.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • "I have always been that," declared William, with just a touch of hauteur.

    Miss Billy Eleanor H. Porter
  • Of all nations on earth, they require to be treated with the most hauteur.

  • “Not specially,” she said, with a sudden accession of hauteur.

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for hauteur


pride; haughtiness
Word Origin
C17: from French, from haut high; see haughty
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Word Origin and History for hauteur

1620s, from French hauteur "haughtiness, arrogance," literally "height," from Old French hauture (12c.) "height, loftiness; grandeur, majesty," from haut (see haught).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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