Definition of hauteur in US English:

hauteur

noun

  • Haughtiness of manner; disdainful pride.

    • ‘Gone was the better-than-thou hauteur and proud carriage synonymous to Adrienne Clarke.’
    • ‘But they soon got used to my low-key presence and stared at me with supercilious hauteur.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The detached hauteur she assumes as she goads Don José into murder is fascinating and suggests an unusually compelling conception of this problem role.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cynics might suggest that the jackets were commissioned to enhance the cultivated hauteur of the members.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Daphne lifts her chin in an overblown attempt at hauteur and heads into the closet to fetch her coat.’
    • ‘Johan Kobborg played Prince Desire with the grandiloquence and hauteur he is so capable of.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Middle class people can claim neither the heroic struggles of the proletariat nor the cultural hauteur and effortless savoir faire of the aristocracy.’
    • ‘The West must discard its hauteur, its double standards, its superiority complex and its cultural zeal.’
    • ‘He grinned at her, she smiled back, the first expression besides sullen pouting and imperial hauteur he'd seen.’
    haughtiness, superciliousness, loftiness, arrogance, pride, conceit, snobbery, snobbishness, superiority, self-importance, disdain, disdainfulness, condescension, contempt, scorn
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Origin

French, from haut ‘high’.

Pronunciation

hauteur

/hōˈtər//hoʊˈtər/