- the descendants of early German immigrants, principally from the Palatinate, who settled mainly in E Pennsylvania
- the High German dialect of this people
- their form of folk art, characterized by carved or painted, stylized decorations of flowers, fruits, birds, etc., as on furniture
See Pennsylvania Dutch in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- (used with a pl. verb) The descendants of German and Swiss immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th centuries.
- The dialect of High German spoken by the Pennsylvania Dutch. Also called Dutch, Pennsylvania German.
- The style of folk art and decorative arts developed by the Pennsylvania Dutch.
Origin: Alteration of German Deutsch, German; see Plattdeutsch
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