hau·​teur hȯ-ˈtər How to pronounce hauteur (audio)

Examples of hauteur in a Sentence

she looked at him with the hauteur of someone who is accustomed to being instantly obeyed
Recent Examples on the Web As young Charlotte, the actress balances the confidence and hauteur of a headstrong young woman with the quiet yearning of a child who has been forced to grow up too fast. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 28 Apr. 2023 Maxine pingpongs from humiliation to humiliation while aping their hauteur and sunnily rejecting their rejection. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 The Chameleon is cool to look at (a diminutive lizard in finery worthy of the Met Gala), and Viola Davis voices her with a dour aristocratic hauteur, but all the character does, really, is to call forth her guards and summon up past villains that Po has defeated. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 6 Mar. 2024 Rapp’s vibe in person, though, is warm and ironic, a far cry from Queen Bee Regina’s ice-cold hauteur. Emma Specter, Vogue, 12 Jan. 2024 Temple pays admiring tribute to the rest of the cast, including Jon Hamm, who appears as a highly retrograde sheriff, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, who plays Temple’s mother-in-law, a far-right Midwestern plutocrat with abundant hauteur and militia ties. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 13 Dec. 2023 As a character, Miss Liza Jane combines the hauteur of opera diva Jessye Norman and the sermonizing wisdom of Maya Angelou. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2023 Putting him and his wife and his children inside my world was the worst hauteur. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 28 Aug. 2023 It’s pushed along by his stout acoustic guitar strumming and David Rea’s sleek fingerpicking accents, which reinforce the lyric’s hauteur. Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, 2 May 2023

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Word History


French, from haut high — more at haughty

First Known Use

circa 1628, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hauteur was circa 1628

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“Hauteur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hauteur. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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