- 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
Examples from the Web for mennonite
Went out to the Mennonite conference in the Hawpatch, about nine miles from here.Birth of a Reformation
This Galenus Abrahams was a Mennonite and a man of considerable note.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.The Rose of Old St. Louis</p>
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
- 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
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.