highness

[ hahy-nis ]
/ ˈhaɪ nɪs /

noun

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.).

Nearby words

  1. highlighter,
  2. highline,
  3. highly,
  4. highly strung,
  5. highmore's body,
  6. highroad,
  7. highsmith,
  8. hight,
  9. hightail,
  10. hightail it

Origin of highness

before 900; Middle English heyenes, Old English hēanes. See high, -ness

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British Dictionary definitions for highness

highness

/ (ˈhaɪnɪs) /

noun

the condition of being high or lofty

Highness

/ (ˈhaɪnɪs) /

noun

(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

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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