High German


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High German

n.
1. German as indigenously spoken and written in Austria, Switzerland, and central and southern Germany.
2. The standard variety of German used as the official language in Germany and Austria and as one of the official languages in Switzerland.

[Translation of German Hochdeutsch : hoch, high (from the mountainous terrain of the area in which it originated) + Deutsch, German.]

High German

n
1. (Languages) the standard German language, historically developed from the form of West Germanic spoken in S Germany. Abbreviation: HG See also German1, Low German
2. (Languages) any of the German dialects of S Germany, Austria, or Switzerland

High′ Ger′man


n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.High German - the standard German languageHigh German - the standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic
Frau - a German courtesy title or form of address for an adult woman
Fraulein - a German courtesy title or form of address for an unmarried woman
Herr - a German courtesy title or form of address for a man
West Germanic, West Germanic language - a branch of the Germanic languages
Old High German - High German prior to 1200
Middle High German - High German from 1100 to 1500
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
Pennsylvania Dutch - a dialect of High German spoken in parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland
Deutschland, FRG, Germany, Federal Republic of Germany - a republic in central Europe; split into East Germany and West Germany after World War II and reunited in 1990
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Taking the wisp broom from its nail inside the door, the newcomer brushed the snow from his moccasins and high German socks.
Some say that the place was bewitched by a High German doctor, during the early days of the settlement; others, that an old Indian chief, the prophet or wizard of his tribe, held his powwows there before the country was discovered by Master Hendrick Hudson.
I rather take him to be a Dutchman, or one of your high Germans," said another citizen.
Occasionally he also mentions tidbits from anthropology as well as from particular languages, including English, French, German, Greek, Korean, Japanese, Latin, Old English, Old French, and Old High German.
Gonzalez said the piece, directed by Andrew Berryman, will be sung in Latin, high German and old French and will include some of the best known 20th century classical melodies.
He also insists that rather than learning high German, learning Swiss German is much more helpful, especially when living in a dinner party society.
The story, drawn from the Nibelunglied, a Middle High German epic poem set down in around 1200, is drawn from Norse and other north European legends, pits the Gods against cave-dwelling underlings - with a tragic human love-story complicating matters - and brings all kinds of visual coups de theatre into play.
Low German was the official language of Estonia until the 2nd half of the 16th century, when High German speakers started to arrive and little by little Low German was pushed into the backround.
Furthermore, the dialect of Northern Low German (or Southern High German, or just possibly Sideways German) in which the chant was written is no longer in use.
Most are in Latin, though some are in Middle High German with some Old French.
High German interest rates were set by the Bundesbank (German Federal Bank) to counteract the inflationary effects related to the cost of German reunification when currency exchange of 1DM to one Oster Mark was agreed.
The Gospel of Matthew was translated into Old High German in 748.