noun, plural harts, (especially collectively) hart.

a male deer, commonly of the red deer, Cervus elaphus, especially after its fifth year.

Origin of hart

before 900; Middle English hert, Old English heorot; cognate with Dutch hert, German Hirsch, Old Norse hjǫrtr; akin to Latin cervus stag, Greek kórys helmet, crest
Can be confusedhart heart




Albert Bush·nell [boo sh-nl] /ˈbʊʃ nl/, 1854–1943, U.S. editor, historian, and educator.
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Examples from the Web for hart

Contemporary Examples of hart

Historical Examples of hart

  • Hart Schaffner and Marx had not yet become rural America's tailor.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • And yet, to steal the Peaceful Hart ranch—the idea was ludicrous.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Peaceful Hart stood indecisively, and stared, one and gripping the back of his chair.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • “Except your time and the plan, and everything,” said Mrs. Hart warmly.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • We stayed to see a Hart picture at the theater, and had the time of our young lives.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

British Dictionary definitions for hart


noun plural harts or hart

the male of the deer, esp the red deer aged five years or more

Word Origin for hart

Old English heorot; related to Old Norse hjörtr, Old High German hiruz hart, Latin cervus stag, Lithuanian kárve cow; see horn



Lorenz. 1895–1943, US lyricist: collaborated with Richard Rodgers in writing musicals
Moss. 1904–61, US dramatist: collaborated with George Kaufman on Broadway comedies and wrote libretti for musicals
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Word Origin and History for hart

Old English heorot "hart, stag, male deer," from Proto-Germanic *herut- (cf. Old Saxon hirot, Old Frisian and Dutch hert "stag, deer," Old High German hiruz, Old Norse hjörtr, German Hirsch "deer, stag, hart"), perhaps from PIE root *ker- "horn" (see horn (n.)). Now, a male deer after its fifth year.

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