One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1His/Your" etc. "HighnessA title given to a person of royal rank, or used in addressing them.‘I am most grateful, Your Highness’
royal highness, highness, serene highness, serenity, magnificenceView synonyms
- ‘His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has been installed as an Honorary Freeman of the Company.’
- ‘Her Royal Highness, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was an hour late.’
- ‘‘May I draw your attention, your Highness, to The Times,’ he said gravely.’
- ‘If I could have got close enough last week I would have thanked him personally, but His Highness was surrounded by photographers.’
- ‘‘Thank you, your Highness,’ Sarah whispered, sitting down again, blushing a deeper red.’
2mass noun The quality of being high.‘the highness of her cheekbones’
tallness, loftiness, distance upwards, extent upwards, vertical measurement, elevation, stature, altitude, distance above the groundView synonyms
- ‘Her wide dark brown eyes and her thick coarse hair that she keeps styled in a professional bob accent the highness of her cheekbones.’
Old English hēanes (see high, -ness).
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