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[duhng-ker] /ˈdʌŋ kər/
a member of the Church of the Brethren, a denomination of Christians founded in Germany in 1708 and later reorganized in the U.S., characterized by the practice of trine immersion, the celebration of a love feast accompanying the Lord's Supper, and opposition to the taking of oaths and to military service.
Also, Dunkard
[duhng-kerd] /ˈdʌŋ kərd/ (Show IPA),
Origin of Dunker
1705-15, Americanism; < Pennsylvania German; see dunk, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Arriving nearly opposite the Dunker church, it swept out over the cornfields.

    The Civil War Through the Camera Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • Windham must be off scouting in that Dunker outfit, and might by good luck get himself hung, only he was too clever.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • It has no tower or spire, but it is known as the Dunker Church.

    Following the Flag Charles Carleton Coffin
  • Dunker, dungk′ėr, n. a member of a sect of German-American Baptists who practise triple immersion.

  • From Mummas house it was less than half a mile across the open field to the Dunker church.

    The Civil War Through the Camera Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • It stands on a knoll a short distance east of the pike opposite the Dunker church.

  • One of my rides towards the Dunker chapel revealed efforts of the enemy to renew his work on that part of the field.

    From Manassas to Appomattox James Longstreet
  • At the same time Greene's division took position to the left of the Dunker church.

    Battles of the Civil War Thomas Elbert Vineyard
  • Once or twice he thought he recognized a face he had seen across the road by the Dunker church.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • A little nearer Sumner's artillery was thundering and hurling its bolts into the Rebels by the Dunker church.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
British Dictionary definitions for Dunker


a member of the German Baptist Brethren
Word Origin
C18: from German Tunker ducker
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