From its higher elevation than Low Germany.
- (dated, geography) Southern Germany, the high-lying land of the German people in Central Europe around the Alps.
- 1759, George Sale et al., The Modern Part of an Universal History, volume XXIX: History of the German Empire, page 2:
- (dated, linguistics) those areas where High German is traditionally spoken, i.e. central Germany, southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol, Alsace, Luxembourg, eastern Belgium, and south-eastern Limburg (Netherlands); at various historic times including different, often wider, territories.
- Although the term is now little used, the derived term for the speech of the area, High German, is still common.