[hoh-tur; French oh-tœr]


haughty manner or spirit; arrogance.

Origin of hauteur

1620–30; < French, equivalent to haut high (see haughty) + -eur -or1
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Contemporary Examples of hauteur

Historical Examples of hauteur

  • He joyed to observe that these men of incredible millions had no hauteur.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • “If you choose to suspect evil, of course you can,” she answered with hauteur.

  • There was a touch of hauteur in his tone when he replied, "Do you suggest that I am hiding him?"

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • Her eyes met his in a quick surprise that was on the verge of hauteur.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • "So much the better," said Mrs. Millar, again with a suspicion of hauteur in her voice.

British Dictionary definitions for hauteur



pride; haughtiness

Word Origin for hauteur

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).

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