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[hoh-tur; French oh-tœr] /hoʊˈtɜr; French oʊˈtœr/
haughty manner or spirit; arrogance.
Origin of hauteur
1620-30; < French, equivalent to haut high (see haughty) + -eur -or1 Unabridged
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  • “I will not pretend to misunderstand your meaning,” he said, slowly and with hauteur.

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
  • 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
  • I never heard a speaker or actor who could give such a sting to hauteur or the taunt.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
  • Her eyes met his in a quick surprise that was on the verge of hauteur.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • Into the manner of young Mr. Stuart Farquaharson came now the hauteur of dignified rebuke.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • Hiram had bought her about $1800 worth of hauteur at the select Institution of Learning.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • "I have always been that," declared William, with just a touch of hauteur.

    Miss Billy Eleanor H. Porter
  • There was just a touch of hauteur as he said: "We'll see 'Hot Seat'."

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • “Not specially,” she said, with a sudden accession of hauteur.

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for hauteur


pride; haughtiness
Word Origin
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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