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Thursday, January 17, 2002

Definitions for hauteur

  1. Haughty manner, spirit, or bearing; haughtiness; arrogance.

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Citations for hauteur
My silence, I hoped, would be taken as expressive of the hauteur of a man who was above it all -- a man with a mission, in fact, a mission authorized from somewhere on high. Jeffrey Tayler, Facing the Congo
Sheikhs and presidents have often heard little about the royal family's follies, and don't object to the hauteur and self-importance that remain its inextinguishable traits. Hugo Young, The Guardian
Origin of hauteur
1620-1630
Hauteur is from the French, from haut, "high," from Latin altus, "high." It is thus related to altitude.