High German

High German
The form of the German language spoken in most of Germany, Austria and part of Switzerland, where it is also an official language.

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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