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highness

[hahy-nis] /ˈhaɪ nɪs/
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
900
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

/ˈhaɪnɪs/
noun
1.
the condition of being high or lofty

Highness

/ˈhaɪnɪs/
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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