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haute

[oht] /oʊt/
adjective
1.
high-class or high-toned; fancy:
an haute restaurant that attracts a monied crowd.
2.
high; elevated; upper.
Also, haut [oh; especially before a vowel oht] /oʊ; especially before a vowel oʊt/ (Show IPA).
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; generalized from haute couture, haute cuisine, etc.; < French, feminine of haut literally, high; see haughty
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Examples from the web for haute
  • It's a soupy, creamy street food that's recently entered the realm of haute cuisine.
  • It specialized in selling one-of-a-kind and haute couture designer merchandise.
  • Rare craftsmanship is the foundation of haute couture.
Word Origin and History for haute
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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