High German definition by Webster's New World
- the group of West Germanic dialects spoken in central and S Germany
- the official and literary form of the German language, technically called New High German
Origin: calque of German hochdeutsch (see high and amp; Deutschland): so named because origin, originally spoken chiefly in the higher regions of Germany
High German definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- German as indigenously spoken and written in Austria, Switzerland, and central and southern Germany.
- The standard variety of German used as the official language in Germany and Austria and as one of the official languages in Switzerland.
Origin: Translation of German Hochdeutsch : hoch, high (from the mountainous terrain of the area in which it originated) + Deutsch, German.