High German
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]


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  • High German — n. [calque of Ger hochdeutsch (see HIGH & DEUTSCHLAND): so named because orig. spoken chiefly in the higher regions of Germany] 1. the group of West Germanic dialects spoken in central and S Germany: distinguished from LOW GERMAN 2. the official… …   English World dictionary

  • High German — High High, a. [Compar. {Higher}; superl. {Highest}.] [OE. high, hegh, hey, heh, AS. he[ a]h, h?h; akin to OS. h?h, OFries. hag, hach, D. hoog, OHG. h?h, G. hoch, Icel. h?r, Sw. h[ o]g, Dan. h[ o]i, Goth. hauhs, and to Icel. haugr mound, G. h[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • High German — noun the standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic • Syn: ↑German, ↑German language • Derivationally related forms: ↑German (for: ↑German), ↑Germanic ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • High German — /haɪ ˈdʒɜmən/ (say huy jermuhn) noun 1. any form of the German language of central and southern Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, including Old High German and Middle High German. 2. standard German …   Australian English dictionary

  • High German — High′ Ger′man n. peo the group of West Germanic dialects spoken in central and S Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, including standard literary German, which has combined features of several dialects …   From formal English to slang

  • High German — noun Date: 1673 1. German as natively used in southern and central Germany 2. german 3b …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • High German — noun The form of the German language spoken in most of Germany, Austria and part of Switzerland, where it is also an official language. Syn: German …   Wiktionary

  • High German — 1. the group of West Germanic languages that in A.D. c400 c500 underwent the second consonant shift described by Grimm s Law. Abbr.: HG 2. German (def. 4). [1700 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • High German — pure German spoken by the upper classes …   English contemporary dictionary

  • High German — noun the standard literary and spoken form of German, originally used in the highlands in the south of Germany …   English new terms dictionary

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