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His Highness; Her Highness.
His Holiness.
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What does HH mean?

HH is an abbreviation for His Highness or Her Highness to refer to royalty, as in HH Princess Diana of Wales. It is used almost exclusively in writing.

HH is also an abbreviation for His Holiness and, occasionally, Her Holiness, to refer to religious figures. For example, the Tibetan Dalai Lama is often referred to as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and in writing, this may be abbreviated to HH the Dalai Lama.

Example: HH Pope Francis, leader of the Roman Catholic Church, is the first pope from the Americas.

Where does HH come from?

The first records of the abbreviation HH are unknown. The first records of the terms His Highness and Her Highness are believed to come from around 1406, and first records of His Holiness are believed to come from around the 1160s.

In art and calligraphy, HH describes a very hard tipped graphite pencil. Most pencils, especially in the United Kingdom, are rated on an HB scale, with H standing for hardness and B standing for blackness. Hard pencils tend to write in a lighter shade of gray, while soft pencils tend to write in a darker shade of black.

When seen on a bumper sticker, HH commonly means Hilton Head, an island off the coast of South Carolina.

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What are some other forms related to HH?

  • H.H. (alternative spelling)

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How is HH used in real life?

HH is almost always used in writing and is commonly used as a title before someone’s name.


Try using HH!

Which of the following is NOT a proper extended form of HH?

A. His Highness
B. Her Highness
C. happy hour
D. His Holiness

How to use H.H. in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for H.H.


abbreviation for
His (or Her) Highness
His Holiness (title of the Pope)
symbol for
(on Brit pencils) double hard
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