Definition of Amish in English:


Syllabification: A·mish
Pronunciation: /ˈämiSH


  • The members of a strict Mennonite sect that established major settlements in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and elsewhere in North America from 1720 onward.
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    • The answer for religious sects like the Amish of North America is to shun bodily vanity through anachronistic adherence to the styles of the seventeenth century.
    • Only some conservative Swiss Mennonites and Amish still hold on to the sixteenth-century forms of their creed.
    • The Mennonites, Amish and Brethren all hold private property.


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  • Of or relating to the Amish sect.
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    • To augment their farm income, many Amish families cook meals for tourists but are not registered with state health agencies.
    • Parochial schools insulate Amish youth from the contaminating influence of worldly peers.
    • Soon after, we were honored to be invited to an Amish church service, conducted in High German.


mid 19th century: apparently from German amisch.

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