Definition of hauteur in English:



  • [mass noun] Proud haughtiness of manner.

    ‘she swept into the room with formidable hauteur’
    ‘his natural coolness and aristocratic hauteur’
    • ‘The detached hauteur she assumes as she goads Don José into murder is fascinating and suggests an unusually compelling conception of this problem role.’
    • ‘Cynics might suggest that the jackets were commissioned to enhance the cultivated hauteur of the members.’
    • ‘He grinned at her, she smiled back, the first expression besides sullen pouting and imperial hauteur he'd seen.’
    • ‘Middle class people can claim neither the heroic struggles of the proletariat nor the cultural hauteur and effortless savoir faire of the aristocracy.’
    • ‘Despite his much vaunted lack of emotional attachment to the trappings of title, the marquis has been cited as conducting his business with a distinctly aristocratic hauteur.’
    • ‘Harriet Walter was a wonderful Lady Macbeth: a faintly neurotic society hostess with aristocratic hauteur that did not quite conceal traces of hysteria.’
    • ‘The tiny, perfect form of Rakael shifted, cuddling more tightly against his firm warmth in her sleep, emerald eyes shut and her face relaxed from imperial hauteur to an open, curiously innocent expression.’
    • ‘Gathered together on wicker furniture are two women and a man, posing a bit as they react to the stormy weather conditions outside with a bit of stiff-necked hauteur.’
    • ‘Johan Kobborg played Prince Desire with the grandiloquence and hauteur he is so capable of.’
    • ‘His autocratic tendencies and hauteur towards the ex-convict population also brought him into conflict with his Legislative Council and sometimes with his masters in the Colonial Office.’
    • ‘By all reports straight and happily partnered with a female politician, Rickman nonetheless has the kind of suave, queeny hauteur any Noel Coward manque would kill for.’
    • ‘Daphne lifts her chin in an overblown attempt at hauteur and heads into the closet to fetch her coat.’
    • ‘At his words, the mocking hauteur disappears from her gaze.’
    • ‘He exudes a sense of self-possession and hauteur that leads critics in the media and among his party to label him arrogant.’
    • ‘Gone was the better-than-thou hauteur and proud carriage synonymous to Adrienne Clarke.’
    • ‘However, with the addition of an arcade of brand-name boutiques, the Raffles' former aristocratic hauteur seems to have been traded for a sort of self-conscious post-yuppie consumerism.’
    • ‘No more hiding behind a façade of hauteur, that's for poseurs.’
    • ‘Ramirez bowed his head in reverence, seeing once more the profound mind that lurked beneath Rakael's veneer of bickering and hauteur.’
    • ‘But they soon got used to my low-key presence and stared at me with supercilious hauteur.’
    • ‘The West must discard its hauteur, its double standards, its superiority complex and its cultural zeal.’
    haughtiness, superciliousness, loftiness, arrogance, pride, conceit, snobbery, snobbishness, superiority, self-importance, disdain, disdainfulness, condescension, contempt, scorn
    airs, airs and graces
    snootiness, uppitiness, uppishness, la-di-da
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French, from haut high.