One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The state 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.’
2His/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
- ‘‘Thank you, your Highness,’ Sarah whispered, sitting down again, blushing a deeper red.’
- ‘Her Royal Highness, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was an hour late.’
- ‘His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has been installed as an Honorary Freeman of the Company.’
- ‘‘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.’
Old English hēanes (see high, -ness).
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