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[men-uh-nahyt] /ˈmɛn əˌnaɪt/
a member of an evangelical Protestant sect, originating in Europe in the 16th century, that opposes infant baptism, practices baptism of believers only, restricts marriage to members of the denomination, opposes war and bearing arms, and is noted for simplicity of living and plain dress.
Origin of Mennonite
1555-65; < German Mennonit; named after Menno Simons (1492-1559), Frisian religious leader; see -ite1
Related forms
Mennonitism, noun Unabridged
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  • Went out to the Mennonite conference in the Hawpatch, about nine miles from here.

    Birth of a Reformation Andrew Byers
  • This Galenus Abrahams was a Mennonite and a man of considerable note.

    George Fox George Fox
  • The little “Mennonite Maid” who wanders through these pages is something quite new in fiction.

    Throckmorton Molly Elliot Seawell
  • The little "Mennonite Maid" who wanders through these pages is something quite new in fiction.

  • I pitched up bundles from below, to an old man of sixty, who wore a fringe of grey beard, like a Mennonite.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • Then she took off the handsome shawl she wore and threw it about the shoulders of the Mennonite woman.

    Two Royal Foes Eva Madden
  • My red wire-grass had been clipped to the skin and a broad-brimmed, low-crowned hat of a Quaker or Mennonite planted there.

    Fighting Byng

    A. Stone
  • Self-sufficiency, reflecting contexts of existence of limited scale, marks the Amish and Mennonite families.

  • My other companion is a boy of nineteen from a Mennonite community in Pennsylvania.

  • We have rabbit for supper at the sacrifice of considerable Mennonite calm.

British Dictionary definitions for Mennonite


a member of a Protestant sect that rejects infant baptism, Church organization, and the doctrine of transubstantiation and in most cases refuses military service, public office, and the taking of oaths
Derived Forms
Mennonitism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from German Mennonit, after Menno Simons (1496–1561), Frisian religious leader
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Word Origin and History for Mennonite

member of an Anabaptist sect, 1560s, from name of Menno Simons (1492-1559), founder of the sect in Friesland, + -ite (1). As an adjective by 1727. Alternative form Mennonist (n.) attested from 1640s.

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