highness

noun
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 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, "Meghan and Harry’s explosive interview reveals how the royal family’s racism lingers," 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, "How the United States Lost to Hackers," 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, "Golden Globe Winner The Crown Is the Best New Show You Should Be Watching," 8 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of highness

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

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20 Mar 2021

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“Highness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highness. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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highness

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

Kids Definition of highness

1 : the quality or state or 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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