Amish

[ah-mish, am-ish]
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adjective

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.

noun

the Amish people.

Origin of Amish

1835–45, Americanism; < German amisch, after Jakob Ammann; see -ish1

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British Dictionary definitions for amish

Amish

adjective

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

noun

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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Word Origin and History for amish

Amish

adj.

1844, American English, from the name of Jacob Amman, 17c. Swiss Mennonite preacher who founded the sect. Originally spelled Omish, which reflects the pronunciation in Pennsylvania German dialect. As a noun, by 1884.

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Culture definitions for amish

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.

Note

Some of the Pennsylvania Dutch are Amish.

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