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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An orthodox Anabaptist sect that separated from the Mennonites in the late 17th century and exists today primarily in Ohio and southeast Pennsylvania.
  • adj. Of or relating to this sect or its members.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A strict Anabaptist sect living mainly in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.
  • adj. Relating to this sect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or designating, the followers of Jacob Amman, a strict Mennonite of the 17th century, who even proscribed the use of buttons and shaving as “worldly conformity”. There are several branches of Amish Mennonites in the United States. A branch having particularly strict adherence to the Amish principles are called Old Order Amish
  • n. The Amish Mennonites.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to Jacob Amman (see next) or to his followers or their sect.
  • n. A sect of the Mennonites which arose in the 17th century in Switzerland, named from its leader, Jacob Amman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an American follower of the Mennonite religion

Etymologies

German amisch, after Jacob Amman, 17th-century Swiss Mennonite bishop.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Pennsylvania German Amisch or German Amische after the name of the Swiss preacher Jakob Amman (1645-1730). (Wiktionary)

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