from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or condition of being high.
  • noun Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for a prince or princess.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being high, in any of the senses of that word.
  • noun A title of honor given to princes of the blood; also, in some German states, a title given to the reigning dukes or grand dukes and their heirs apparent: used with a possessive pronoun, his, her, your: as, his royal highness; her imperial highness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being high; elevation; loftiness.
  • noun A title of honor given to kings, princes, or other persons of rank.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the state of being high

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

  • noun the quality of being high or lofty
  • noun (Your Highness or His Highness or Her Highness) title used to address a royal person
  • noun a high degree (of amount or force etc.)


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