High German


noun

the group of West Germanic languages that in a.d. c400–c500 underwent the second consonant shift described by Grimm's law. Abbreviations: HG, H.G.

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Origin of High German

First recorded in 1700–10
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British Dictionary definitions for High German

High German

noun

the standard German language, historically developed from the form of West Germanic spoken in S GermanyAbbreviation: HG See also German (def. 1), Low German
any of the German dialects of S Germany, Austria, or Switzerland
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