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Amish Line breaks: Amish
Pronunciation: /ˈamɪʃ/
/ˈɑːmɪʃ/ /ˈeɪmɪʃ/

Definition of Amish in English:

plural noun

The members of a strict Mennonite sect founded by the Swiss preacher Jakob Amman (or Amen) (circa 1645-circa 1730). Now living mainly in Pennsylvania and Ohio, the Amish migrated to North America from circa 1720.
Example sentences
  • 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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Relating to the Amish.
Example sentences
  • 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, from the name Jakob Amman.

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