Definition of West Germanic in English:

West Germanic


  • [mass noun] The western group of Germanic languages, comprising High and Low German, Dutch, Frisian, and English.

    • ‘Today, Germanic languages and peoples fall into two groups: North Germanic or Scandinavian (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faeroese), and West Germanic (German, English, and Frisian).’


  • Relating to West Germanic.

    • ‘Early Anglo-Saxon is a conservative West Germanic tongue, showing so little in the way of Celtic or Latin influence that a prolonged period of mass bilingualism is out of the question.’
    • ‘Danish is a North Germanic language closely related to Norwegian and Swedish, and is also related to the West Germanic languages, including German and English.’
    • ‘The English language is a West Germanic language that originated in England.’