- the West Germanic languages, except for High German, of the Germanic branch of Indo-European, represented by Old Low Franconian, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, and Old English, and their later stages, including Dutch, Plattdeutsch, English, and Frisian
Origin: calque of German niederdeutsch (see nether and amp; Deutschland): so named because origin, originally spoken chiefly inch(es) the German lowlands
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- The German dialects of northern Germany. Also called Plattdeutsch.
- The continental West Germanic languages except High German.
Origin: Translation of German Niederdeutsch : nieder, low (from the lowland terrain of northern Germany) + Deutsch, German.