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of or relating 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.
the Amish people.
Contemporary Examples

[The Amish] are completely cut off from the outside world.
McCain’s Last Hope: The Amish Vote Benjamin Sarlin October 27, 2008

John McCain may have one last, best hope for winning the White House: the Amish.
McCain’s Last Hope: The Amish Vote Benjamin Sarlin October 27, 2008

Last summer, Palin joined members of Jews for Sarah in Pennsylvania Amish country for a traditional Sabbath celebration.
‘Jews for Sarah’ Rally Around Shushannah Walshe, Samuel P. Jacobs January 11, 2011

Your movies have tackled subjects like Amish bowling, the Special Olympics, and conjoined twins—but never midlife crisis before.
Interview With Hall Pass Directors Farrelly Brothers Chris Lee February 21, 2011

Historical Examples

Some time after attending this meeting I called upon an aged Amish man to converse with him upon their religious society, etc.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Various

The skill that makes Aaron worth his fare out here, though, is an Amish skill, and the rarest one of all.
Blind Man’s Lantern Allen Kim Lang

Though American enough, maize had been a foreigner to the first Amish farmers, and still carried history in its name.
Blind Man’s Lantern Allen Kim Lang

The Amish are another branch of the Mennonites, and those among us are likewise descendants of Swiss refugees.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Various

Look, back in the States we have trouble with the Amish, who don’t want their children to be taught modern ways.
Black Man’s Burden Dallas McCord Reynolds

Self-sufficiency, reflecting contexts of existence of limited scale, marks the Amish and Mennonite families.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

of or relating to a US and Canadian Mennonite sect that traces its origin to Jakob Amman
the Amish, the Amish people

1844, American English, from the name of Jacob Amman, 17c. Swiss Mennonite preacher who founded the sect. Originally spelled Omish, which reflects the pronunciation in Pennsylvania German dialect. As a noun, by 1884.
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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