- 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
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French, literally "high," fem. of haut (see haught). Haute bourgeoisie "the (French) upper-middle class" is from 1888.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper