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[hahy-nis] /ˈhaɪ nɪs/

the quality or state of being ; loftiness.
(initial capital letter) a title of honor given to members of a royal family (usually preceded by His, Her, Your, etc.).
the condition of being high or lofty
preceded by Your, His, or Her. a title used to address or refer to a royal person

Old English heanes; see high (adj.) + -ness. Meaning “royalty, excellence, nobility” is early 13c.; Your Highness as a form of address to English royalty is attested from c.1400.


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