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Pennsylvania Dutch

the descendants of 17th- and 18th-century settlers in Pennsylvania from southwest Germany and Switzerland.
Also called Pennsylvania German. a dialect of High German with an admixture of English spoken mainly in eastern Pennsylvania, developed from the language of these settlers.
the folk style of applied and decorative art developed by the Pennsylvania Dutch.
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Pennsylvania-Dutch, adjective Unabridged
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Pennsylvania Dutch

Also called Pennsylvania German. a dialect of German spoken in E Pennsylvania
(functioning as pl) the Pennsylvania Dutch, a group of German-speaking people in E Pennsylvania, descended from 18th-century settlers from SW Germany and Switzerland
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Pennsylvania Dutch definition

The German and Swiss settlers of Pennsylvania in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and their descendants. “Dutch” is a version of the German Deutsch, meaning “German.” The Pennsylvania Dutch are known for their tidy farms and their distinctive crafts and customs. A considerable number of them belong to strict religious denominations, such as the Amish.

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