- 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
de haut en bas
[duh oh tahn bah]
- from top to bottom; from head to foot.
- in a haughty, disdainful manner; condescendingly.
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Examples from the Web for haut
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
The Haut Rhin is classed under the generic title of the gentil.Memoranda on Tours, Touraine and Central France.
J. H. Holdsworth
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.Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II (of II)
Word Origin and History for haut
French, literally "high," fem. of haut (see haught). Haute bourgeoisie "the (French) upper-middle class" is from 1888.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper