Your Highness

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Your Highness (plural Your Highnesses)

  1. (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—”
  2. (informal, sarcastic) 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.


See also[edit]

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

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