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 formsMen·no·nit·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of mennonite

  • Went out to the Mennonite conference in the Hawpatch, about nine miles from here.

  • 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.


    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.

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 FormsMennonitism, noun

Word Origin for Mennonite

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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