Your Highness

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Your Highness

  1. (formal) A title of respect used to address a prince or princess.
    • 1818, The Quarterly Review, J. Murray, The Congo Expedition—African Discoveries, page 372:
      Does your Highness know what became of the other ?
    • 1998, Alexandre Dumas, The Man in the Iron Mask, ISBN 0192838423, page 83:
      “Yes, madame, since your Highness has deigned to begin, will you deign to finish—”
  2. (informal) A sarcastic term of address to anyone who is (or is acting) pompous or bossy.

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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.


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