from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for certain high officials, such as viceroys, ambassadors, and governors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of address for certain high officials or dignitaries.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Excellence; virtue; dignity; worth; superiority.
  • n. A title of honor given to certain high dignitaries, esp. to viceroys, ministers, and ambassadors, to English colonial governors, etc. It was formerly sometimes given to kings and princes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as excellence, 1 and 2.
  • n. A title of honor given to governors, ambassadors (as representing not the affairs alone but the persons of sovereign princes, to whom the title was formerly applied), ministers, and other high officers: with your, his, etc.; hence, a person entitled to this designation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels
  • n. a title used to address dignitaries (such as ambassadors or governors); usually preceded by `Your' or `His' or `Her'


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