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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, 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 notesEdit

  • 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 alsoEdit

Third person - female (Her) Third person - male (His) Second person (Your)
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
Her Royal Highness His Royal Highness Your Royal Highness
Her Royal Majesty His Royal Majesty Your Royal Majesty


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