A high-level language is a computer programming language that isn't limited by the computer, designed for a specific job, and is easier to understand. It is more like human language and less like machine language. However, in order for a computer to understand and run a program created with a high-level language, it must be compiled into machine language.
The first high-level languages were introduced in the 1950's. Today, there are many high-level languages in use, including BASIC, C, C++, Cobol, FORTRAN, Java, Pascal, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and Visual Basic.