the members of a Christian sect that separated from the Mennonites in the 17th cent.: in the U.S. since the 18th cent., the Amish favor plain dress and plain living, with little reliance on modern conveniences, in a chiefly agrarian society
Origin of Amishafter Jacob Ammann (or Amen), the founder
designating or of this sect
noun(used with a pl. verb)
An orthodox Anabaptist sect that separated from the Mennonites in the late 17th century and exists today primarily in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.
Of or relating to this sect or its members.
Origin of AmishGerman amisch, after Jacob Amman, 17th-century Swiss Mennonite bishop.
- Relating to this sect.
From Pennsylvania German Amisch or German Amische after the name of the Swiss preacher Jakob Amman (1645-1730).