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  1. the Low German vernacular dialects spoken in northern Germany.

Origin of Plattdeutsch

1825–35; < German: literally, flat (i.e., lowland) German
Also called Low German.
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British Dictionary definitions for plattdeutsch


  1. another name for Low German

Word Origin

literally: flat (that is, low) German
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Word Origin and History for plattdeutsch


"Low German dialect of northern Germany," 1814, from German, from Dutch platduits, literally "flat (or low) German," from plat "flat, plain, clear" + duits "German" (see Dutch). In contrast to the speech of the upland parts of Germany.

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