high·​ness | \ ˈhī-nəs How to pronounce highness (audio) \

Definition of highness

1 : the quality or state of being high
2 used as a title for a person of exalted rank (such as a king or prince)

Examples of highness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If your recipe calls for a crumb crust, such as her highness the B.S.G.C.C., the shape of the loaf pan actually allows for another cool trick. Bon Appétit, 12 Apr. 2022 Trixie advises Alma to playact highness to flummox E.B. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 18 Dec. 2021 To avoid any misunderstanding, steer clear of any mention of his royal highness. Travel + Leisure, 14 July 2021 Introducing his serene highness, Kaiser Otto Von Stop-Zalot. Dan Neil, WSJ, 12 June 2021 Under new rules bestowed by the king, designed to limit titles of members of the royal family, only those in direct succession to the British throne could receive HRH (his or her royal highness) titles. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2021 And every last email between the first lady, her royal highness, and their staff — every personal reflection, reservation, itinerary change and security detail — was beaming back to former N.S.A. analysts’ computers in Abu Dhabi. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2021 Pip Torrens plays him with delightful, low-key bitchery, which makes up for any lack of snarkiness on behalf of her royal highness. Joanna Robinson, VanityFair.com, 8 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of highness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Apr 2022

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“Highness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highness. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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high·​ness | \ ˈhī-nəs How to pronounce highness (audio) \

Kids Definition of highness

1 : the quality or state of being high highness of temperature
2 used as a title for a person of very high rank Her Royal Highness, the Queen


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