In the English language an English honorific is something that is attached to, but not usually part of a name, e. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States An honorific is a word or expression that conveys esteem or respect when used in addressing or referring to a person g. Mr, Sir, Mrs, Dr and My Lord. They are not titles or positions, that can appear without the person's name, e. A title is a prefix or suffix added to a person's name to signify either veneration an official position or a professional or academic qualification g. the President, the Earl, and may be associated with a particular role or area, e. g. the US President, Financial Director, Earl of Rothesay.
There are also many forms of honorific that are used when addressing the members of the nobility or royalty. Nobility is a government-privileged title which may be either hereditary (see Hereditary titles) or for a lifetime This is mostly the case in countries that are monarchies. A monarchy is a Form of government in which supreme power is actually or nominally lodged in an individual who is the Head of state, often for life or Countries that are republics but were former monarchies usually allow members of the nobility or their decendants to use the honorifics as part of their name or as a casual title. These include "Your Majesty" and "Your Highness", which are often used when speaking with royalty. A royal family is the extended family of a monarch. Generally the head of a royal family is a king or queen regnant "Milord" or "Milady" can be used to address a peer or peeress other than a Duke, who is referred to as "Your Grace". The Peerage is a system of Titles of Nobility in the United Kingdom, part of the British honours system.
Honorifics usually distinguish the sex of the person being referred to, with the exception of a few titles of the nobility and of professional honorifics such as Doctor or General. These were traditionally male-only professions and women have simply adopted the associated titles. While 'the President' and 'the Mayor' are considered gender neutral, the partners of these titleholders are usually referred to as 'the First Lady' and 'the Lady Mayoress' respectively. In cases where a woman with a male partner has held the role, efforts have been made to create a 'masculine' form of the spousal honorific.