\ ˈhärt How to pronounce hart (audio) \

Definition of hart

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 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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First Known Use of hart

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hart

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

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“Hart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hart. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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