American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of an Anabaptist church characterized particularly by simplicity of life, pacifism, and nonresistance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of a Christian denomination which originated in Friesland in the early part of the sixteenth century, and holds doctrines of which Menno Simons (1492-1559) was the chief exponent. The leading features of the Mennonite bodies have been baptism on profession of faith, refusal of oaths, of civic offices, and of the support of the state in war, and a tendency to asceticism. Many of these beliefs and practices have been modified. The sect became divided in the seventeenth century into the Upland (“Obere”) Mennonites or Ammanites and the Lowland (“Untere”) Mennonites, the former being the more conservative and rigorous. Members of the sectare found in the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, etc., and especially in the United States. In the last-named country they are divided into “Untere” or Old Mennonites, “Obere” Mennonites or Ammanites, New Menuonites, Evangelical Mennonites, and Reformed Menuonites (or Herrians).
- n. a group of denominations in the Anabaptist movement in the Christian church
- n. a member of such a denomination
- n. a member of an Anabaptist movement in Holland noted for its simplicity of life
- Eponymous to Menno Simons, the second-generation leader of the denomination. (Wiktionary)
- German Mennonit, after Menno Simons (1492-1559), Frisian religious leader. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The hearty European soups that played a significant part in Mennonite gastronomy began to be flavored with the local chiles, and the cuisine of Chihuahua was greatly enriched by the Mennonite cheese, called queso menonita and, later, queso chihuahua.”
“The Dordrecht Confession of Faith, embodying main Mennonite beliefs, was issued in Holland in 1632.”
“Friday's accident on I-65 has made the word Mennonite a household name.”
“Do you identify as Mennonite, and if so, what does that mean to you?”
“Janzen describes the experience in Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home, which One-Minute Book Reviews will review soon.”
“A good Swiss/German moniker Mennonite that matches well with my German dogs.”
“When John calls a Mennonite church to schedule a church choir concert, the first barrier he must get past is his non-Mennonite name.”
“When Paul lived in Washington D.C., he was known as the Mennonite father of three beautiful daughters: Cathy, Paulette, and Janet.”
“John, did you know that during WWII that the Mennonite were the Medics and the ones who were the Mental Health hospitals replacement staff?”
“They are the people who today in the United States are called Mennonite, Church of the Brethren, the Amish are splinters of that.”
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