Amish

Amish

[ah-mish, am-ish]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to any of the strict Mennonite groups, chiefly in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Canada, descended from the followers of Jakob Ammann, a Swiss Mennonite bishop of the 17th century.
noun
2.
the Amish people.

Origin:
1835–45, Americanism; < German amisch, after Jakob Ammann; see -ish1

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Amish (ˈɑːmɪʃ, ˈæ-)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to a US and Canadian Mennonite sect that traces its origin to Jakob Amman
 
n
2.  the Amish the Amish people
 
[C19: from German Amisch, after Jakob Amman, 17th-century Swiss Mennonite bishop]

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Amish
1844, Amer.Eng., from Jacob Amman, 17c. Swiss Mennonite preacher who founded the sect. Originally spelled Omish, which reflects the pronunciation in Pennsylvania German dialect.
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Amish [(ah-mish, am-ish, ay-mish)]

A group of Protestants who broke away from the Mennonites in the seventeenth century. The Amish live in close communities, farm for a living, and do without many modern conveniences, such as telephones, automobiles, and tractor-drawn plows.

Note: Some of the Pennsylvania Dutch are Amish.
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