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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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  • Even the prime minister's hauteur might not be a handicap.
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  • With a patrician demeanor that can convey both hauteur and charisma, she is the paragon of the city's haute bourgeoisie.
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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