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- any of a group of West Germanic languages or dialects spoken in Switzerland, Austria and southern Germany, which is divided into the Central German group (including standard German as well as Luxembourgish, Pennsylvania German, and others) and the Upper German group (including Alemannic, Bavarian, and others)
- the standard variety of the German language spoken and written in Germany, Austria and part of Switzerland, where it is also an official language.
- (Germanic language): German
any of a group of West Germanic languages
The use of High German to refer to standard German is avoided in scholarly discourse but common colloquially.