EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun the descendants of 17th- and 18th-century settlers in Pennsylvania from southwest Germany and Switzerland. Also called Pennsylvania German. a dialect of High German with an admixture of English spoken mainly in eastern Pennsylvania, developed from the language of these settlers. the folk style of applied and decorative art developed by the Pennsylvania Dutch. Origin of Pennsylvania Dutch
First recorded in
1815–25 Related forms Penn·syl·va·nia-Dutch, adjective
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pennsylvania dutch in Culture
The German and Swiss settlers of
Pennsylvania in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and their descendants. “Dutch” is a version of the German Deutsch, meaning “German.” The Pennsylvania Dutch are known for their tidy farms and their distinctive crafts and customs. A considerable number of them belong to strict religious denominations, such as the Amish.
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