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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

de haut en bas

[duh oh tahn bah]
adverb French.
  1. from top to bottom; from head to foot.
  2. in a haughty, disdainful manner; condescendingly.
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Examples from the Web for haut

Historical Examples

  • 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.


    Davis Brinton

  • The Haut Rhin is classed under the generic title of the gentil.

  • 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.

Word Origin and History for haut



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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper