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

  • n. Haughtiness in bearing and attitude; arrogance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. haughtiness or arrogance; loftiness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Haughty manner or spirit; haughtiness; pride; arrogance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Haughty feeling or bearing; arrogant manner or spirit.

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

  • n. overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors


French, from Old French, from haut, high; see haughty.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French. (Wiktionary)



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