|1.||Also called: Pennsylvania German a dialect of German spoken in E Pennsylvania|
|2.||(functioning as plural) the Pennsylvania Dutch a group of German-speaking people in E Pennsylvania, descended from 18th-century settlers from SW Germany and Switzerland|
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.