West Germanic


West Germanic
1. noun
a) The branch of the Germanic language family consisting of English, Frisian languages, Dutch, Low Saxon languages, German, and Yiddish, and their immediate predecessors.

German and English are sister languages, descended from West Germanic.

b) The presumed unattested ancestor of these languages (more properly called ).

The next logical step is to note that the Scandinavian languages, descended from a North Germanic parent, are more distant historically from English than are Dutch and German, which, like English, are descended from West Germanic.

Of or relating to these languages.

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