hau·​teur | \ hȯ-ˈtər How to pronounce hauteur (audio) , (h)ō- \

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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 Her Elizabeth has conquered her emotions, at great cost and in the name of duty — and now here come the expressive ’60s and ’70s, in which she and her family are suddenly seen as the faces of stuffy hauteur. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Crown’ and the Burdens of a No-Drama Queen," 14 Nov. 2019 Andrés announces, with Wildean hauteur, when his friends mock his horrible boyfriend’s workout Instas. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "Off-Kilter Humor on “Los Espookys” and “Alternatino”," 1 July 2019 Divas ranging from Leontyne Price to Aretha Franklin to FKA Twigs have a similar hauteur, and why shouldn’t entitlement be part of their act? Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Anika Noni Rose’s Star-Making Self-Possession in “Carmen Jones”," 9 July 2017 To one side, Louis Garrel, the brooding, dark-eyed poster boy of cinematic hauteur, was vaping in thoughtful solitude. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "If He Can Make It Here, He’ll Make It Anywhere," 7 June 2018 Or of Cordelia, played by Stampley with regal hauteur but little of the love and tenderness Lear’s youngest daughter feels. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This 'King Lear' more humdrum than tragic," 6 July 2018 Beneath the chilly hauteur of Levy's Elsa lies a world of fear, sadness and confusion. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "'Frozen' on Broadway: It's no 'Tempest' (or 'Lion King'), but the musical sings with sisterly appeal," 23 Mar. 2018 Susan Beresford is of course the love interest: a willowy, auburn-haired heiress whose hauteur and needling humor mask a tender heart. Alessandra Stanley, New York Times, "In Praise of Alistair MacLean and the Male Romance," 13 Feb. 2018 At the more affluent end of the spectrum, a prostitute can communicate a chilly hauteur. Ruth La Ferla, New York Times, "It’s Always Fishnets Season Somewhere," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of hauteur

circa 1628, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hauteur

French, from haut high — more at haughty

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The first known use of hauteur was circa 1628

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27 Nov 2019

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“Hauteur.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hauteur. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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