Definition of Pennsylvania Dutch in English:

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Pennsylvania Dutch

Pronunciation: /ˌpensəlˈvānyə ˌdəCH/
(also Pennsylvania German)


1A dialect of High German spoken in parts of Pennsylvania.
Example sentences
  • The Amish speak English, German, and a dialect known as Pennsylvania German or Pennsylvania Dutch.
  • I quickly made a virus called Heevahava, the name being a Pennsylvania Dutch pejorative for a simpleton, colloquially - a farmhand given the job of harvesting sperm from a bull.
  • By ‘smear-case’ he meant Smierkase, a Pennsylvania Dutch term.
2 (as plural noun the Pennsylvania Dutch or Germans) The German-speaking inhabitants of Pennsylvania, descendants of 17th- and 18th-century Protestant immigrants from the Rhineland.
Example sentences
  • It continues at Atco Raceway, Mason-Dixon Dragway, and Lebanon Valley Dragway and ends at Maple Grove Raceway with the Pennsylvania Dutch Classic.
  • And make sure you stop for some Pennsylvania Dutch cooking.
  • The other semi-disturbing thing I saw in the museum was a portrait of a Pennsylvania Dutch farmer and his dog from the 1700's.


Dutch from German Deutsch 'German'.

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Syllabification: Penn·syl·va·nia Dutch

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