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Pennsylvania Dutch Line breaks: Penn|syl¦va¦nia Dutch
Pronunciation: /pɛnsɪlveɪniəˈdʌtʃ/
(also Pennsylvania German)

Definition of Pennsylvania Dutch in English:


[mass noun]
A dialect of High German spoken in parts of Pennsylvania, chiefly by descendants of 17th- and 18th-century Protestant immigrants.
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.


Dutch from German Deutsch 'German'.

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