West Germanic language

Definitions of West Germanic language

n a branch of the Germanic languages

West Germanic
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English, English language
an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the United States and most of the commonwealth countries
German, German language, High German
the standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic
Low German, Plattdeutsch
a German dialect spoken in northern Germany
the West Germanic language of the Netherlands
a West Germanic language spoken in Friesland in the northwestern Netherlands; a near relative of English
American, American English, American language
the English language as used in the United States
the nonstandard dialect of natives of the east end of London
the nonstandard dialect of natives of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
King's English, Queen's English
English as spoken by educated persons in southern England
Received Pronunciation
the approved pronunciation of British English; originally based on the King's English as spoken at public schools and at Oxford and Cambridge Universities (and widely accepted elsewhere in Britain); until recently it was the pronunciation of English used in British broadcasting
Middle English
English from about 1100 to 1450
Modern English
English since about 1450
Anglo-Saxon, Old English
English prior to about 1100
Oxford English
the dialect of English spoken at Oxford University and regarded by many as affected and pretentious
Scots, Scots English, Scottish
the dialect of English used in Scotland
Old High German
High German prior to 1200
Middle High German
High German from 1100 to 1500
a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
Pennsylvania Dutch
a dialect of High German spoken in parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland
Old Saxon
Low German prior to 1200
Middle Low German
Low German from 1100 to 1500
Flemish, Flemish dialect
one of two official languages of Belgium; closely related to Dutch
Afrikaans, South African Dutch, Taal
an official language of the Republic of South Africa; closely related to Dutch and Flemish
Old Frisian
the Frisian language until the 16th century; the Germanic language of ancient Frisia
Type of:
Germanic, Germanic language
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages; members that are spoken currently fall into two major groups: Scandinavian and West Germanic

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