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highness

[hahy-nis]
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noun
  1. the quality or state of being high; loftiness.
  2. (initial capital letter) a title of honor given to members of a royal family (usually preceded by His, Her, Your, etc.).

Origin of highness

before 900; Middle English heyenes, Old English hēanes. See high, -ness
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  • He went on telling many things, new to us, of the highness of the Lenni-Lenape.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • Pardon me—will not your Highness accept one of my poor cigarettes?

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • My room-mate had recognized it, even to the extent of calling me "Your Highness."

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Restore him to those feelings thou art all in all with his highness!

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "If your Highness will excuse my persistence," began Mr. Taylor blandly.


British Dictionary definitions for highness

highness

noun
  1. the condition of being high or lofty

Highness

noun
  1. (preceded by Your, His, or Her) a title used to address or refer to a royal person
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Word Origin and History for highness

n.

Old English heanes; see high (adj.) + -ness. Meaning "royalty, excellence, nobility" is early 13c.; Your Highness as a form of address to English royalty is attested from c.1400.

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