German Ger"man, n.; pl. {Germans}[L. Germanus, prob. of Celtis origin.] 1. A native or one of the people of Germany. [1913 Webster]

2. The German language. [1913 Webster]

3. (a) A round dance, often with a waltz movement, abounding in capriciosly involved figures. (b) A social party at which the german is danced. [1913 Webster]

{High German}, the Teutonic dialect of Upper or Southern Germany, -- comprising Old High German, used from the 8th to the 11th century; Middle H. G., from the 12th to the 15th century; and Modern or New H. G., the language of Luther's Bible version and of modern German literature. The dialects of Central Germany, the basis of the modern literary language, are often called Middle German, and the Southern German dialects Upper German; but High German is also used to cover both groups.

{Low German}, the language of Northern Germany and the Netherlands, -- including {Friesic}; {Anglo-Saxon} or {Saxon}; {Old Saxon}; {Dutch} or {Low Dutch}, with its dialect, {Flemish}; and {Plattdeutsch} (called also {Low German}), spoken in many dialects. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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