- the group of West Germanic languages that in a.d. c400–c500 underwent the second consonant shift described by Grimm’s Law. Abbreviation: HG
- German(def 4).
- the standard German language, historically developed from the form of West Germanic spoken in S GermanyAbbreviation: HG See also German (def. 1), Low German
- any of the German dialects of S Germany, Austria, or Switzerland