your Honor

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your Honor

  1. (formal, obsolete, addressing someone of higher rank or status than oneself) you
    • 1705 (original: 1626), James Howell, Esquire, Epistolæ Ho-Elianæ, Familiar Letters Domestic and Forren, page 177:
      Touching the firſt, I refer my ſelf to your honor’s favorable opinion, and the character which my Lord S. and others ſhall give of me
    • 1847, George Washington, The Writings of George Washington: Being His Correspondence, Addresses, page 26:
      The numbers of the French have been greatly magnified, as your Honor may see by a copy of the enclosed journal of a person, whom I sent out to gain intelligence.
  2. (formal, addressing a judge or magistrate) you

Usage notes[edit]

Although this phrase is used as the second person pronoun, the verb it governs is conjugated in the third person.

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