the quality or state of being high; loftiness.
(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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Historical Examples of highness

  • 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



the condition of being high or lofty



(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

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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