Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A male deer, especially a male red deer over five years old.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A male deer, especially the male of the red deer after its fifth year.
  • n. Obsolete spelling of heart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stag; the male of the red deer. See the Note under buck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A simplified spelling of heart.
  • n. The male of the red deer, Cervus elaphus, the female of which is called hind; a stag, especially an adult stag or male red deer after its fifth year, when the sur-royal or crown-antler has appeared.
  • n. In heraldry, a stag used as a bearing. It is taken as a stag in its sixth year or older, but the word stag is not used in blazon.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of heart.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. United States lyricist who collaborated with Richard Rodgers (1895-1943)
  • n. a male deer, especially an adult male red deer
  • n. United States playwright who collaborated with George S. Kaufman (1904-1961)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English heorot; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English hert, from Old English heorot ("stag"), from Proto-Germanic *herutaz (compare Dutch hert, German Hirsch, Danish/Swedish hjort), from Pre-Germanic *k̑erudo, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱóru (“horn”). (Wiktionary)
See heart (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Well, now," laughed Maudlin, "it has at least been seen that the hart is the whitest of harts."

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • 'Well, now,' laughed Maudlin, 'it has at least been seen that the hart is the whitest of harts.'

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • "That's what we call the hart's tongue," said he, "though I fancy they give them all different names in different places."

    Ralph the Heir

  • On the one hand, Wordsworth of course simply hopes that in a world where the death of a hart is signified by nature the lives of humans will receive a similarly blessed accounting.

    'Sweet Influences': Human/Animal Difference and Social Cohesion in Wordsworth and Coleridge, 1794-1806

  • Even as the roebuck and the hart is eaten, so shalt thou eat them, &c.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Wherefore being pricked in hart for my undutifullnesse, this way I studie to redeeme my peace, first by repentance towards God, humbly and often craving his pardon for this my offence: secondly by studying how to shew double love to my children, to make them amends for neglect of this part of love to them, when they should have hung on my breasts, & have beene nourished in mine owne bosome: thirdly by doing my indeavour to prevent many christian mothers from sining in the same kinde, against our most loving, and gratious God.

    The Countesse of Lincolnes Nurserie

  • Jonson for "a hart of ten"] If the word hart be right, I do not see any use of the latter quotation.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • It wasn't because it was Kaled-a-in at all-it was because a hart is a hunted creature, and because you hoped that the cold of winter would close around you and keep you from ever feeling anything again.

    The Black Gryphon

  • I neuer saw any man daunce that was sober and his right wits, but there by your leaue he failed, not our young Courtiers will allow it, besides that it is the most decent and comely demeanour of all exultations and reioycements of the hart, which is no lesse naturall to man then to be wise or well learned, or sober.

    The Arte of English Poesie

  • In the meantime, Virginia being a little rested, she gathered from the trunk of an old tree, which overhung the bank of the river, some long leaves of the plant called hart's tongue, which grew near its root.

    Paul et Virginie. English

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  • Adding to my Cross Words list due to the following punny clue: "Deer hart, wish you were here..." (Mancini, Livingston & Evans)

    October 25, 2011