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

  • n. The descendants of German and Swiss immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • n. The dialect of High German spoken by the Pennsylvania Dutch. Also called Dutch, Pennsylvania German.
  • n. The style of folk art and decorative arts developed by the Pennsylvania Dutch.


Alteration of German Deutsch, German; see Plattdeutsch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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