chiefly British
: the male of the red deer especially when over five years old : stag compare hind

Examples of hart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What is the meaning of the white hart in House of the Dragon? Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 8 Sep. 2022 The hunt that's prepared for Aegon's second name day is a sham; after much talk about the king slaying a white hart — the king of the kingswood — his soldiers are unable to find the beast. Randall Colburn,, 5 Sep. 2022 One side of the exterior (featuring the royal arms of France and England) suffers from water damage; the other pictures a white hart with crown and chains, the king’s personal emblem, sitting on rosemary branches. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, 17 Jan. 2020 Each wears a badge: the hart that is the king’s personal symbol—hardly an ecclesiastical motif. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, 17 Jan. 2020

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Word History


Middle English hert, going back to Old English heorot, heort "hart, stag," going back to Germanic *heruta- "horned animal" (whence also Old Saxon hirut "stag," Old High German hiruz, hirz "deer, red deer, stag," Old Norse hjǫrtr), from *her- "horn" (going back to Indo-European *ḱer-) + *-uta-, suffix of animal names — more at horn

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hart was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


chiefly British
: a male red deer especially over five years old : stag

Biographical Definition

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Albert Bushnell 1854–1943 American historian and editor


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Lorenz 1895–1943 American lyricist


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Moss 1904–1961 American librettist and dramatist


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Oliver 1948–     American (British-born) economist


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Sir Robert 1835–1911 British diplomat


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William S(urrey) 1872–1946 American actor

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