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- (formal) A title of respect used to address a prince or princess.
- 1818, “The Congo Expedition—African Discoveries”, in The Quarterly Review, J. Murray, page 372:
- Does your Highness know what became of the other ?
- 1998, Alexandre Dumas, The Man in the Iron Mask, →ISBN, page 83:
- “Yes, madame, since your Highness has deigned to begin, will you deign to finish—”
- (informal, sarcastic) A sarcastic term of address to anyone who is (or is acting) pompous or bossy.
- This is the second-person form of address to a prince or princess. Verbs used with this pronoun as the subject are conjugated in the third person. The forms used when referring in the third person are His Highness (of a man) and Her Highness (of a woman).
- If the prince or princess is a member of a royal family, the full form is Your Royal Highness; if a member of an imperial family (i.e., the family of an emperor or empress), the form is Your Imperial Highness.
- The corresponding form for a king, queen, emperor, or empress is Your Majesty. In some modern texts, however, this distinction is lost.
a title of respect used to address a prince or princess
|Third person - female (Her)||Third person - male (His)||Second person (Your)||Third person - plural (Their)|
|Her Britannic Majesty||His Britannic Majesty||Your Britannic Majesty|
|Her Excellency||His Excellency||Your Excellency|
|Her Highness||His Highness||Your Highness|
|Her Imperial Highness||His Imperial Highness||Your Imperial Highness|
|Her Imperial Majesty||His Imperial Majesty||Your Imperial Majesty|
|Her Maj||His Maj||Your Maj|
|Her Majesty||His Majesty||Your Majesty||Their Majesties|
|Her Royal Highness||His Royal Highness||Your Royal Highness||Their Royal Highnesses|
|Her Royal Majesty||His Royal Majesty||Your Royal Majesty|