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

Definition of hauteur

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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 hauteur was above all else, non-discriminating. Callahan Tormey, Town & Country, "Is Princess Margaret a Gay Icon?," 28 Nov. 2020 Hathaway's take is generally much sillier than the elegant hauteur offered up 30 years ago by Angelica Huston, but scarier too; often terrifying, in fact, in a way that feels disconcertingly mature for its target audience. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "HBO Max's The Witches casts the wrong kind of spell: Review," 21 Oct. 2020 Taylor-Joy affects an appropriate hauteur, though one that, alas, too often solidifies into masklike blankness. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Emma’ Review: Back on the Manor, but Still Clueless," 20 Feb. 2020 Mike Bloomberg’s is the rarefied hauteur of the technocrat. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, "Bloomberg Can Teach You to Make Music," 20 Feb. 2020 But there was something about her, a bemused hauteur or suppressed hilarity -- plus that flame of hair. oregonlive, "Fun-loving ‘Torchy’ Jessing ‘autographed’ knife she used to stab gangster boyfriend, becoming 1950s Portland celebrity," 3 Dec. 2019 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

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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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4 Dec 2020

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“Hauteur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hauteur. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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