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[hahrt] /hɑrt/
noun, plural harts (especially collectively) hart.
a male deer, commonly of the red deer, Cervus elaphus, especially after its fifth year.
Origin of hart
before 900; Middle English hert, Old English heorot; cognate with Dutch hert, German Hirsch, Old Norse hjǫrtr; akin to Latin cervus stag, Greek kórys helmet, crest
Can be confused
hart, heart.


[hahrt] /hɑrt/
Albert Bushnell
[boo sh-nl] /ˈbʊʃ nl/ (Show IPA),
1854–1943, U.S. editor, historian, and educator.
Gary (Warren) born 1936, U.S. politician: senator 1975–87.
[lawr-uh nts,, lohr-] /ˈlɔr ənts,, ˈloʊr-/ (Show IPA),
1895–1943, U.S. lyricist.
Moss, 1904–61, U.S. playwright and librettist.
William S(hakespeare) 1872–1946, U.S. film actor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for hart
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  • hart followed her words with an interest that I could see was intense, although he attempted to hide it.

    The Ivory Child H. Rider Haggard
  • hart Schaffner and Marx had not yet become rural America's tailor.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Aunt Harriet's mind had brooded all day over the air-cushion as mournfully as a hart's tongue over a well.

    Notwithstanding Mary Cholmondeley
  • Peaceful hart stood indecisively, and stared, one and gripping the back of his chair.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Mr. hart was playing some game of his own, in which he would assuredly be foiled.

    Mr. Scarborough's Family Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for hart


noun (pl) harts, hart
the male of the deer, esp the red deer aged five years or more
Word Origin
Old English heorot; related to Old Norse hjörtr, Old High German hiruz hart, Latin cervus stag, Lithuanian kárve cow; see horn


Lorenz. 1895–1943, US lyricist: collaborated with Richard Rodgers in writing musicals
Moss. 1904–61, US dramatist: collaborated with George Kaufman on Broadway comedies and wrote libretti for musicals
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hart

Old English heorot "hart, stag, male deer," from Proto-Germanic *herut- (cf. Old Saxon hirot, Old Frisian and Dutch hert "stag, deer," Old High German hiruz, Old Norse hjörtr, German Hirsch "deer, stag, hart"), perhaps from PIE root *ker- "horn" (see horn (n.)). Now, a male deer after its fifth year.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hart in the Bible

(Heb. 'ayal), a stag or male deer. It is ranked among the clean animals (Deut. 12:15; 14:5; 15:22), and was commonly killed for food (1 Kings 4:23). The hart is frequently alluded to in the poetical and prophetical books (Isa. 35:6; Cant. 2:8, 9; Lam. 1:6; Ps. 42:1).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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