Definition of High German in English:

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High German

Pronunciation: /ˈˌhī ˈjərmən/

noun

The standard literary and spoken form of German, originally used in the highlands in the south of Germany. The establishment of this form as a standard language owes much to the biblical translations of Martin Luther in the 16th century. See also Middle High German, Old High German.
Example sentences
  • Sandra, like many in Switzerland, is multi-lingual; she knows Swiss German, High German, French, Spanish and English.
  • Austria is the only country other than Germany where the official language is German, and approximately 98 percent of the population speaks High German or a dialect of it.
  • In the poet's home, the language was High German, while the wider community generally used the more Latinate Romanian.

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Syllabification: High Ger·man

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