[ ah-mish, am-ish ]
/ ˈɑ mɪʃ, ˈæm ɪʃ /


of or relating to any of the strict Mennonite groups, chiefly in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Canada, descended from the followers of Jakob Ammann, a Swiss Mennonite bishop of the 17th century.


the Amish people.

Origin of Amish

1835–45, Americanism; < German amisch, after Jakob Ammann; see -ish1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for amish

/ (ˈɑːmɪʃ, ˈæ-) /


of or relating to a US and Canadian Mennonite sect that traces its origin to Jakob Amman


the Amish the Amish people

Word Origin for Amish

C19: from German Amisch, after Jakob Amman, 17th-century Swiss Mennonite bishop
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Cultural definitions for amish

[ (ah-mish, am-ish, ay-mish) ]

A group of Protestants who broke away from the Mennonites in the seventeenth century. The Amish live in close communities, farm for a living, and do without many modern conveniences, such as telephones, automobiles, and tractor-drawn plows.

notes for Amish

Some of the Pennsylvania Dutch are Amish.
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